Tag Archive for Proportional Representation

What would Parliament under STV look like?

This image shows what an STV-elected House of Commons would look like.

As I said in my first posts, I am a believer in the Sin­gle Trans­fer­able Vote: it devolves power to the peo­ple, is pref­er­en­tial, and is pro­por­tional. I’m vot­ing for AV as it does the first two, but I really want the third as well. But we can’t win them all. Indeed, as recent polls show, the No cam­paign — which has been run­ning mostly on the “you’re too thick to count to three” mes­sage — may scup­per the chances for even AV.

The Elec­toral Reform Soci­ety did some research into this, but I found the results some­what… strange. In Brighton, which has a strong Green Party pres­ence, no Green can­di­date was elected under the ERS’s cal­cu­la­tions. So I decided for myself, in my free time, to do a sim­u­la­tion for myself. » Read more..

AV or not AV? That is the question.

The answer is “Yes”. And a kick in my shins for such a ter­ri­ble joke.

Let’s digress for a minute. In truth, I am a sup­porter of the Sin­gle Trans­ferrable Vote. My ideal vot­ing sys­tem is one that is pro­por­tional (i.e., a party with 20% of the vote should get 20% of the seats) and rep­re­sen­ta­tive (each leg­is­la­tor is answer­able to a dis­tinct group of peo­ple, hope­fully a local com­mu­nity). But more on that in a few posts time; this is about AV.

AV is not my desired sys­tem, but it’s a good one nonethe­less. It’s rep­re­sen­ta­tive, and does mean that half the vot­ers of a con­stituency will def­i­nitely pre­fer him over another can­di­date. True, it’s not pro­por­tional, but it makes it eas­ier to change to a pro­por­tional sys­tem: for STV, by merg­ing five con­stituen­cies into one five-MP con­stituency; for AMS, the top-up sys­tem works in tan­dem. And one of the big rea­sons I want a change in the sys­tem is where par­ties other than the Tories and Labour became more pop­u­lar, but lost seats (or didn’t get any). Such a sit­u­a­tion should be untenable.

Let’s go through No2AV’s argu­ments, shall we? » Read more..

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