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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. […]
08
Aug 2014
grouplords
Another 22 peers have been appointed to the House of Lords today. Here are some facts, figures and thoughts about the announcement.   The new peers have donated nearly £7m to political parties. The vast majority of the £6,912,841 comes from one donor, Michael Farmer. But another five of the new peers are also party […]
05
Aug 2014
malawi flag
This is a guest blog by Liam McArthur, the Liberal Democrat MSP for Orkney. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the Electoral Reform Society.   When former Malawian President, Joyce Banda, addressed the Scottish Parliament in March 2013, the visit appeared to […]
23
Jul 2014
wales
This is a guest post by Craig Lawton, chairman of Swansea West Conservatives. The views, opinions and positions expressed within are those of the author alone and do not represent those of the Electoral Reform Society.   A few weeks ago, while the majority of the population (or at least the majority of those that […]
17
Jul 2014
CWI blog
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As the dust settles on the Government reshuffle, you would be forgiven for thinking that the genders are now fairly represented on the front benches.   Nothing could be further from the truth.   Despite this week’s high-profile promotions, the Prime Minister has failed to meet his pledge that by the end of this parliament a […]
09
Jul 2014
ill dragon
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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 […]
03
Jul 2014
women and indyref image
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This blog was first posted on Engender   As the date of the referendum draws ever nearer, and the gender gap in the polls shows no sign of closing, there seem to be more events targeting women and their opinions. Which is great: women’s voices should be heard in the referendum debate.   One such […]
12
Jun 2014
mandela
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Today marks the 50th anniversary of the end of the Rivonia trial, and the sentencing of Nelson Mandela to life imprisonment on charges of sabotage, and acting to ‘further the aims of communism’.   It goes without saying that the regime Mandela opposed was profoundly undemocratic. The apartheid regime systematically excluded 85% of the population […]
12
Jun 2014
yin yang for blog
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Just when you think the behaviour of the referendum campaigns can’t get any worse, it does. We thought Alistair Darling’s Kim Jong-il comment was a new low in a relentless series of jibes and counter-jibes which have consistently lowered the tone of the most important national conversation in 300 years. And that followed the debate […]