Steve Brooks's blog

25 Apr 2016

Cynrychiolaeth menywod yn y Cynulliad yn crebachu

An English version of this blog is available here // Mae fersiwn Saesneg o’r blog yma ar gael yma Darllenwch ein hadroddiad newydd, 'Menywod yn y Cynulliad Cenedlaethol' yma Yn gyffredinol, mae amrywiaeth mewn Seneddau ar y cynnydd ar draws y DU a'r byd. Ond mae'n bell o fod yn anochel - a mae gwneud ein sefydliadau adlewyrchu'r cyhoedd maent yn eu cynrychioli yn waith caled. Felly mae'n anffodus […]
25 Apr 2016

A stagnating Senedd?

Mae fersiwn Cymraeg o’r blog yma ar gael yma // A Welsh-language version of this blog is available here Read ‘ Women in the National Assembly ’ here In general, diversity in Parliaments is on the rise across the UK and the world. But it’s by no means inevitable, or uniform – and making our often archaic institutions reflect the public they represent takes hard work. So it’s always disappointing […]
4 Feb 2015

#MergerHeWrote: Leighton's Localism

In the first article of the ‘Merger, He Wrote’ series, Steve Brooks director of the Electoral Reform Society Cymru reflects on the Welsh Government’s new white paper on local democracy. For the last two decades, the story of Welsh devolution has been about the transfer of power from Westminster to Cardiff Bay. Little real thought was given to further devolution from Cardiff Bay to local councils […]
9 Jul 2014

The ailing dragon

There’s a crisis of confidence in politics, which cannot be allowed to continue. After countless scandals and inquiries, people are left thinking that politics isn’t working for them. The Hansard Society’s audit of political engagement found that ‘voters are disgruntled, disillusioned, and disengaged’. Low-turn out, falling levels of trust, and dramatically declining levels of party membership, […]
12 May 2014

One Direction for electing MEPs

We haven't had a high-profile defection in Welsh politics for a while, so it's unsurprising that the hearts of some were set aflutter when the former Liberal Democrat parliamentary candidate for Merthyr Tydfil & Rhymney, Amy Kitcher, was reported as saying that she intended to ‘lend’ her vote to Plaid Cymru in this month’s European elections. Amy’s position is yet another example of how our […]
18 Dec 2013

On dual candidacy, let's play nice

The UK Government has confirmed its intention to lift the ban on dual candidacy in its Draft Wales Bill . In a nutshell, dual candidacy is when an individual contests both a constituency seat and a party list (known in Wales as regional lists). Having a ban on dual candidacy is a curious situation stemming from Wales’s semi-proportional way of electing Assembly Members. Known as the Additional […]
16 Oct 2013

Size Matters

How many politicians does it take to scrutinise a government? As it turns out, you need more than there are currently representing Welsh voters in Cardiff Bay. That’s why we are calling for an increase in the number of Assembly Members (AMs) from the current 60 to a more effective 100. Our new report, Size Matters (produced jointly with the UK’s Changing Union project), represents the first […]
8 May 2013

Making Wales a bit less like Ukraine

Some more good news from today’s Queen’s Speech. And this time it’s for something that’s actually in it. The Coalition Government is now pledged to bring forward draft legislation to reform elections in Wales. The current way Wales elects its AMs, a hybrid system known as the ‘Mixed Member System’ (40 via First Past The Post constituencies and 20 Regional List members) is far from perfect. The […]
7 Mar 2013

The 300 women ‘missing’ from Welsh public life

It’s International Women’s Day. And it seemed the right time to show just how badly women are faring in Welsh public life. Our Welsh Power Report assesses the levels of women across politics and public life, and highlighted a number of concerning trends: The proportion of women Assembly Members and Welsh MPs is in decline. There are 5 women ‘missing’ from the National Assembly and 13 from the 40 […]
20 Feb 2013

Blanket ban on broadcasting ‘shutting voters out’

While some communities still face barriers accessing the internet, for others online channels like council websites, Twitter and Facebook are important ways of finding out information. From big decisions like planning applications, through to everyday information like whether your local school’s shut today, the internet is a powerful tool. Yet in many Welsh town halls, council bosses are […]