Alternative Vote

13 Jan 2017

How will the 2017 French presidential election work?

After last year’s political whirlwind, attention has turned to 2017’s elections for evidence of further shocks. Voters are going to the polls in the Netherlands, in Germany but most attention is focused on France, whose election takes place in April and May, and where the far-right Marine Le Pen currently polls in first place. On the centre-right the candidate of choice is Francois Fillon, who […]
9 Nov 2016

Maine makes history as first state to back fair votes

As the world analyses the result of the US Presidential election, there's one result you might have missed. On Tuesday one state made a symbolic breakthrough: Maine became the first US state to scrap First Past the Post. The northern New England state passed an initiative to introduce 'ranked voting' - the Alternative Vote system that allows people to pick candidates by order of preference. With […]
3 Nov 2016

Electoral reform is making waves across the Atlantic

There’s something in the air, it seems. As I write, electoral reformers in Canada and the US have a real chance of securing a fairer voting system. As US voters prepare to pick their next President, there’s another interesting vote happening which we’re keeping a close eye on. In the state of Maine, voters are heading to the ballot box in five days to decide whether to adopt ‘ranked voting’ (the […]
31 Oct 2016

Calling for ‘progressive alliances’ is brave. But it should never be necessary

This article was first published at LabourList Last week, three Labour MPs did something that takes courage. In calling for Labour to stand aside in Richmond Park, they were pushing for a more collaborative form of politics – one of pluralism and inter-party cooperation. On Wednesday, they wrote for LabourList: “If there is any chance of kicking Goldsmith out of Parliament, the vote against him […]
27 Oct 2016

Forget standing down in Richmond: parties shouldn’t have to make that choice

This article was published on Politics.co.uk Almost as quickly as Zac Goldsmith announced his resignation this week, talk turned to the other parties in the race: should they clear the way for a candidate with a better chance of beating him? Within hours we had articles about ‘progressive alliances’ – pacts of left-of-centre parties standing aside to give the Liberal Democrat candidate to a clear […]
5 Jul 2016

Tactical Tories: The Conservative leadership election explained

Charley Jarrett is Policy & Public Affairs Officer at the Electoral Reform Society and Secretary of Conservative Action for Electoral Reform . On Thursday at midday nominations closed for the Conservative Party leadership contest. It’s been a week of high drama in politics – and many of you will have your views on the candidates (and those who aren’t candidates) – but how do Conservative […]
4 Jul 2016

In Australia, as in the UK, the voting system is at breaking point

In 2010 Australia delivered its first hung parliament since 1940. A seemingly freak one-off, the election followed a period of unrest in the incumbent Labor Party (ALP) who had replaced their Prime Minister Kevin Rudd after just two and a half years in the job. The opposition Liberals had themselves faced major internal tensions – but shocked observers by running the ALP close. A hung parliament […]
18 Sep 2015

An Elected Lord?

The British constitution, its parliament and its institutions are well known for its oddities and eccentricities: the space provided in the Commons cloakroom for MPs to hang their sword; the fact that all swans in the River Thames are the property of the Queen; or the fact that MPs aren’t allowed to name each other in the Commons. Defenders will argue that such things are harmless eccentricities […]
18 Aug 2015

The New Zealand Flag Referendum

For many years the New Zealand flag has been the subject of much debate. Adopted when New Zealand was still a part of the British Empire, their national standard has the British flag within it. On top of that, it closely resembles the Australian flag - which is also partly made up of the British flag. New Zealand is not the first ex-British colony to launch a national debate on its flag. The […]
24 Jul 2015

Why calls for Liz Kendall to drop out are nonsense

The rise of Jeremy Corbyn has, it goes without saying, completely shifted the terms and nature of the Labour leadership debate. The panic in much of the Labour Party elite is palpable - whether it is Tony Blair calling for Corbyn supporters to “get a heart transplant”, or Margaret Beckett calling herself a “moron” for nominating Corbyn, the party’s upper echelons now seem to be growing […]