Blogs

2 Feb 2017

Senedd reform and local PR: an exciting week for Welsh democracy

As the political world shifts from its axis in a tumultuous first month of 2017, you’d be forgiven for missing on some other developments in the electoral reform agenda in Wales. Whisper it, but all in all, this has been a remarkable week. Two developments are advancing our cause significantly – and are the culmination of ERS’ long-term campaigns. First, the Cabinet Secretary for Local Government […]
31 Jan 2017

It turns out voters have faith in democracy. But we can do better

Graphic by the Electoral Commission. This article was first published by Democratic Audit From Donald Trump’s claims of widespread voter fraud in the US, to the government’s plans for voter ID trials in the UK next year, the (often shaky) notion of widespread abuse in our democratic system has been on the agenda this past few months. So it’s interesting to see new research from the Electoral […]
24 Jan 2017

Taking back control: Why voters need a say on Brexit plans

This article was first published on Politics.co.uk Last week we got a clearer idea of Theresa May's approach to leaving the EU. She set out a 12-point plan which included leaving the single market, remaining partially in the customs union, and withdrawing from the European Court of Justice. It was a good speech. But where are the public on all this? June 23rd was not a total binary of winners and […]
18 Jan 2017

The public need a say on where power will lie after Brexit

So Theresa May has fleshed out her plans for Britain leaving the EU and becoming an independent self-governing nation. With more detail emerging about the economic plan, it’s time to look at the democratic implications. Serious thinking about democracy can all too often get left behind and the public shut out of these debates, as we’ve seen with English devolution. How our democracy actually […]
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 […]
4 Jan 2017

Compulsory voter ID would only add to Britain’s democratic deficit

In true festive spirit, the government chose December 27 to respond to former local government minister Eric Pickles’ proposals to tackle alleged voter fraud in UK elections. Sadly, the response isn’t much of a belated Christmas present for our poorly balanced democracy. Let’s start with a bit of context. In August, Sir Pickles’s report, Securing the ballot: review into electoral fraud , was […]
20 Dec 2016

Our top 10 most read blogs in 2016

It’s been a busy year for the ERS – from a big set of elections in May, to the EU vote, Lords scandals (an annually-guaranteed affair, it seems), voter registration drives, party funding spats, and – very positively – steps forward along the path to PR. But what were you, our dear reader, most interested in this year? Here’s our top 10 count-down… 10. First up, our unreformed House of Lords […]
14 Dec 2016

MPs are getting organised for a fairer voting system

Last month, we saw a symbolic step forward in the Parliamentary push for fair votes. 16 Parliamentarians gathered in Portcullis House on the 29 th November for the launch of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Proportional Representation. And it was a truly cross-party affair. From Labour’s Jon Cruddas to the Conservatives’ Ben Howlett, and from Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas to the […]
12 Dec 2016

Local democracy in Scotland needs all of us

Here’s a fact for you: a quarter of Scots in a recent BMG poll for the ERS said they would rather finish the ironing than go and vote in a council election. While our commitment to neat clothing is commendable, disregard for local democracy is at once frightening and understandable. Why is it that local democracy – close to where we live, the communities, the towns and villages that we think of […]
8 Dec 2016

Here’s to our members and supporters

This Saturday we held our largest members and supporters conference and AGM for many years – topping off what has been a great campaigning year for the ERS. It was a fantastic success, and it was wonderful to have so many members and supporters in one room – including lots of people new to the campaign for fair votes. If you managed to make it, thanks for coming! As well as policy workshops, Q […]