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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
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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 […]
10
Jun 2014
online registration pic
Today marks an important step forward in bringing our voting system into the 21st century. Because today, for the first time ever, people (in England and Wales at least) will be able to register to vote online.   Why not register online yourself?   People conduct more and more of their daily affairs online, so […]
04
Jun 2014
bun-fight
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This was supposed to be the year it all changed.   Since the European Commission’s creation, the beginning of each term has been dominated by diplomatic tussling over who would hold its presidency. This process has traditionally been totally removed from the wishes and desires of voters. After each European Parliament election a new President […]
30
May 2014
margo way for blog
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Today, 30th May 2014, marks the start of the official campaign period for the Scottish referendum. “But they’ve been campaigning for ages,” I hear you cry. Well yes, but from here on in all the registered campaigners have to abide by Electoral Commission rules on spending and donations, including regular reporting.   Other than that, […]
21
May 2014
kim jong un for blog (2)
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How would you like to live in a one party state? You may wonder why anyone would ask given that this is the UK, not North Korea.  After all, we can all vote tomorrow if we choose to (or nearly all, at least).   But rather worryingly, this question is more relevant than it might […]