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20
Oct 2014
CC for blog
Where should power lie?   Whatever the answer, it won’t do for these decisions to be taken behind closed doors. That’s why we’ve got together with 27 civil society organisations, academics and democracy experts to call for a UK-wide, citizen-led Constitutional Convention empowered to answer questions about the future shape of the UK.   We’ve […]
17
Oct 2014
Rhodri
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“If we Brits could write a constitution for the Germans in 1947/8, why can’t we do it for ourselves?”   When it came to discussing our inaugural annual lecture themed around the next 15 years of devolution, it was pretty easy to decide who would be best suited for the task. Rhodri Morgan was First […]
10
Oct 2014
Party logos
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So UKIP burst through, taking Clacton on a 44.1% swing, the second highest in UK by-election history after Bermondsey and Old Southwark, 1982.   The two party system is dead, and has been for a long time. The voices suggesting that coalition would renew it are silent. Multi-party politics is here to stay. And it […]
29
Sep 2014
Cheryl Gillan for blog
This is a guest post by Cheryl Gillan, Conservative MP for Chesham and Amersham and former Secretary of State for Wales. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the Electoral Reform Society.   When I was asked to write this blog, the invitation […]
22
Sep 2014
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The ERS held its first Labour Party conference event this morning. The subject was “What next after the Scottish independence referendum?”   At one level this should not be so contentious – Scotland has been promised significant devolution of new powers by all three of the big Westminster parties. A very rapid timetable has been established […]
18
Sep 2014
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Scotland is shrouded in a muggy haar today, and it feels as if we’ve been cut off from the rest of the world in order to concentrate and exercise our democratic right to vote: for or against independence. It feels like a reason to talk to strangers, smile at passers-by. We’re making history.   There’s […]
08
Sep 2014
constitutional convention icon for blog
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Scotland is alive with an unprecedented level of political debate. In homes, pubs and town halls, that debate is not limited to technicalities; it’s about the way people want to be governed, the society they want to live in.   Go south of the border and you could already be in an entirely separate country. […]
05
Sep 2014
Scottish flag
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As a politically active individual and an elections geek you’d think I would be excited beyond reason about the independence referendum. In actual fact, I have found the debate to be depressingly repetitive, providing few answers and repeating political dogma. I wish it would end.   But I do see a light at the end […]
18
Aug 2014
Local Power (1)
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Recent weeks have continued to see all sorts of handwringing and dark soothsaying about the state of representative democracy. Untrusted politicians, growing inequality and low election turnouts are just part of this sorry state.   So what is to be done?   A new report seems to point the way ahead for us here in […]
13
Aug 2014
close the gap
Did you vote in the European elections earlier this year? Perhaps not – it turns out that the 2014 ballot had the lowest ever turnout of any European election, at less than 43%.   Shortly before the elections, we published a report giving 12 practical recommendations on how to improve European democracy for British people. […]