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30
Jan 2015
Simon Thomas for blog
This is a guest post by Plaid Cymru Assembly Member Simon Thomas, discussing his recent speech on young people and democracy for ERS Cymru. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the Electoral Reform Society.   I was 15 when the first referendum on […]
26
Jan 2015
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Much excitement in the European press today as Greece’s left-wing, Eurosceptic and anti-austerity Syriza has come two seats short of an absolute majority in the Greek parliamentary election, allowing them to form a coalition with the right-wing, Eurosceptic Independent Greeks. Yet Syriza won only 36.3% of the vote, giving them 49.7% of the seats. And […]
22
Jan 2015
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Today’s publication of draft legislation to devolve powers to Scotland makes the case for a UK-wide, citizen-led Constitutional Convention ever more pressing.   All the parties vowed to devolve more powers to Scotland, and no one is suggesting this should be delayed. But ultimately, today’s announcement raises more questions than it answers. These new powers […]
19
Jan 2015
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When it comes to forming a coalition, is it better to get your party on side before committing, or to take the plunge without consultation?   The Conservative party chairman Grant Shapps has recently said that Tory MPs will be given a role in any new coalition agreement after this May’s election. This decision has no doubt […]
13
Jan 2015
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The Cabinet Office last week announced a ‘further’ £9.8m of spending to promote voter registration. Some £6.8m is being allocated to local authorities, depending on their levels of under-registration. And up to £2.5m will be used to fund national activity, again aimed at under-registered groups. The remaining £500,000 is earmarked for ‘efforts to boost confidence […]
18
Dec 2014
TP for blog 2
The traditional political parties are in big trouble. Back in the 1950s, one person in every ten was a member of a political party. Now, there are more people who identify their religion as ‘Jedi’ than there are members of the Conservative party, and almost the same number of Labour members.   The era of […]
16
Dec 2014
St George flag for blog
Today the Government presented a shopping list of solutions to the so-called West Lothian or English Question. The fact it is a shopping list demonstrates that even within the coalition they cannot agree on which solution is best.   But that’s not surprising – the chances of cross-party agreement on such a partisan issue are never going […]
12
Dec 2014
petition hand-in blog feature
We were really pleased to join forces with Unlock Democracy yesterday and hand in our petition to the Prime Minister calling for a Constitutional Convention. It was signed by over 15,000 people, as well as a wide range of academics and civil society organisations.   The petition, which comes in advance of the Government’s expected […]
05
Dec 2014
hague
Last month we joined forces with 27 other democracy experts and civil society organisations to write to William Hague, making the case for a UK-wide, citizen-led Constitutional Convention. We also asked members of the public to co-sign the letter, and over 3,000 people did so. The campaign for a UK-wide process giving citizens the lead […]
27
Nov 2014
UK outline
Today’s Smith Commission report will have a huge impact on the democratic landscape of the UK. It gives Scotland a whole range of new powers, as well as paving the way for a real improvement to Scottish democracy: votes at 16 for Holyrood elections.   But it also raises fundamental questions about the future shape of the United […]