Blogs

8 Nov 2016

How Trump could win the Presidency even if he doesn’t win the most votes

It’s election day in the United States, and that means all the pageantry and spectacle one comes to expect with democracy in the world’s most powerful nation. The spectacle of a US election also reminds us of the way the US elects its presidents: an electoral college elected state by state. Each state gets a number of Electoral Votes equivalent to their congressional representation – the number […]
7 Nov 2016

1,000 new Peers? No thanks

“If the Lords was obstructive we would just have to create 1,000 peers.” So said Jacob Rees-Mogg MP on Thursday , following the High Court’s ruling that MPs will have a vote on the triggering of Article 50 – the process for withdrawing from the EU. It’s a terrifying thought. But it’s an attitude that we’ve heard too often over the years – that is, If the House of Lords does too much scrutiny, the […]
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 […]
24 Oct 2016

It's time to 'take back control' of money in politics

The following is a guest post from Steve Goodrich, Senior Research Officer at Transparency International UK. The views, opinions and positions expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Electoral Reform Society. Although Brexit has divided opinion across the country there’s one thing that everyone’s united on: it’s a massive deal. Some see it as a great […]
14 Oct 2016

Time to beef up the London Assembly?

It’s fair to say that the London Assembly doesn’t get a great deal of attention – despite having a strong claim to being the hub of devolved politics in England. So for European Local Democracy Week we thought we’d shine a spotlight on it. We’ve published four articles on London democracy from key commentators – please read, share, and let us know your thoughts in the comments: 1. For the first […]
14 Oct 2016

How to give the London Assembly the clout it needs

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016 , and to mark it, we've been running a series of articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. Today, Martin Hoscik , Editor of MayorWatch , gives his view on what reforms could be made to strengthen the clout of the Assembly to hold the Mayor to account. This is an external guest blog, and the views, opinions and positions expressed […]
13 Oct 2016

It's time to rebalance the powers of the London Mayor and Assembly

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016 , and to mark it, we're running a series of articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. For the first two articles in the 'Building a Better London Democracy' series, ERS Policy and Public Affairs Officer Charley Jarrett argued that switching to the Single Transferable Vote for Assembly elections would be better for voters and […]
11 Oct 2016

PR across the pond: the push for fair votes in the US

This week is European Local Democracy Week 2016 , and to mark it, we're running a series of discussion articles on how to make the London Assembly more democratic. Yesterday we published our first piece in the series , calling for the Single Transferable Vote for the Assembly. The following is a guest post from Rob Richie , Executive Director of FairVote – the organisation campaigning for a […]