30 Jun 2015

The Greek referendum: what’s really on the ballot?

Should the plan of agreement be accepted, which was submitted by the European Commission, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund in the Eurogroup of 25/06/2015 and comprises of two parts, which constitute their unified proposal? The first document is entitled "Reforms for the Completion of the Current Program and Beyond", and the second "Preliminary Debt Sustainability […]
26 Jun 2015

There's only one option for our bloated upper house

There’s bad news for democratic reformers today. The Guardian is reporting that our already bloated House of Lords is set to swell even more. The news is further proof that our upper chamber is in dire need of reform. With nearly 800 members, we already have the largest second house in the world – and the only one in Europe that is fully appointed. The fact that the Liberal Democrats – who won 8 […]
25 Jun 2015

Your chance to help run the Electoral Reform Society

Here at the Electoral Reform Society, we pride ourselves on being a democratic society. So we want to put our members at the heart of the campaign for fair votes and a better democracy in Britain. It’s been a good couple of years for the ERS. Since the start of 2015 alone, our membership has nearly doubled , and we now have over 150,000 registered supporters. Not only that, but we’ve massively […]
24 Jun 2015

Ruth Davidson's Lessons from the Scottish Referendum

The following is republished with the kind permission of Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. It is one part of Giving 16 and 17 Year Olds the Vote - The Tory Case , a publication from the Tory Reform Group. The Scottish Independence referendum on 18th September was unprecedented for many reasons. The decision, for the first time in British history, to give 16 and 17 year olds the vote was […]
23 Jun 2015

Does Proportional Representation give too much power to small parties?

It’s sometimes claimed that under proportional representation (PR), tiny parties have a lot of power, as they get to decide who to go into coalition with and therefore who forms the government. Under First Past the Post (FPTP), these people say, the party that the biggest share of the vote gets to be in power. Analysis of what actually happens under coalition governments however shows that the […]
19 Jun 2015

A new Borgen-ing? Proportional representation and the Danish election

Yesterday saw Danes go to the polls. Popularised by the TV show Borgen, Danish politics is fascinating in all sorts of ways, but most of all, we can learn much from its model of democracy. Much of the attention around the election focused on the battle between the centre-left ‘red bloc’ and the centre-right ‘blue bloc’. These two blocs of parties loosely cooperate, all promising to work together […]
19 Jun 2015

Scotland leads the way on votes at 16

Yesterday, two very different things happened around the same issue in Scotland and England. At 4:22pm in Westminster, during a debate on the EU Referendum Bill, MPs voted 310-265 against giving 16 and 17 year olds a say in the referendum. 40 minutes later up in the Scottish Parliament in Holyrood, MSPs voted unanimously in favour of the Bill which promises votes at 16 for all Scottish elections […]
17 Jun 2015

Y Ddeddf Uno (yr un arall)…

Gall Cynghorau mwy o faint amddifadu trigolion lleol heb ddiwygio’r system pleidleisio, meddai Dr Owain ap Gareth Heddiw, mae’r Gweinidog dros Wasanaethau Cyhoeddus, Leighton Andrews yn cyhoeddi map arfaethedig newydd ar gyfer Awdurdodau Lleol yng Nghymru, gyda chynlluniau i leihau'r nifer o Gynghorau Sir i 8 neu 9. Mae hyn yn dilyn y Papur Gwyn diweddar 'Pŵer i Bobl Leol' a oedd yn amlinellu […]
17 Jun 2015

Don't let fewer Welsh County Councils mean less democracy for Wales

Gallwch ddarllen y blog yma yn y Gymraeg. Today, Public Services Minister Leighton Andrews announces the new proposed map for Local Authorities in Wales, with plans to reduce the number of County Councils from 22 to 8 or 9. This follows the recent White Paper ‘Power to Local People’ which outlined ways to ensure communities had a say in decisions that affect them. Electoral Reform Society (ERS) […]
16 Jun 2015

Implementing the Donaldson Review in Wales

Following the announcement by Education minister Huw Lewis that the Donaldson Review would be implemented in full, our education adviser Rhodri Griffiths examines the Donaldson Review on Education in Wales and asks: ‘how can young people become informed citizens of Wales and the world?’ Welsh Government’s decision to accept the findings and implement the recommendations of Professor Donaldson’s […]