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Mar 2015
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Yesterday the views of Brits were unveiled to the world. And in some ways, they make for some startling reading.   The British Social Attitudes Survey – a renowned national study of voters’ opinions – was released on Thursday. It covers all sorts of issues on what citizens think. But a few things stood out for […]
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Mar 2015
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What is the best way for parties to share power? How can you make minority government work? And how do you negotiate a successful coalition?   These are some of the questions likely to be at the forefront of the party leaders’ minds over the next couple of months. As we near a General Election which is […]
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Mar 2015
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What many already knew about the Lords has just been confirmed by academics. A new working paper from the University of Oxford’s Department of Economics puts it simply: the “relationship between donations and nominations [for peerages] has been found to be significant”.   The report has caused shockwaves. Entitled “Is There a Market for Peerages?…A Study in the Link Between Party […]
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Mar 2015
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The announcement by the two main unionist parties in Northern Ireland that they have entered into an electoral pact for the up-coming general election highlights a major problem with our electoral system.   The idea that parties step down in some seats to maximise their votes in others through an alliance with another party is […]
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Mar 2015
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With the General Election now just weeks away, and speculation about possible coalition arrangements taking centre stage, it would be easy to overlook a very important and immediate legislative priority that the new government, whatever its composition, needs to address.   So it’s welcome that this week the House of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform […]
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Mar 2015
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One of the chief reasons why people are increasingly alienated from our politics is the fact that Westminster looks so little like the people it is there to represent. At the moment, barely one in five MPs are women, which simply isn’t good enough.   We desperately need to see more women in Parliament, and […]
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Mar 2015
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Primaries and presidential style television debates are two features of American politics which have already made their way to the UK (although it’s anyone’s guess if the TV debates are here to stay).   So it’s no surprise that the well-established American culture of ‘attack ads’ – typically 30 second films that are mini character […]
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Mar 2015
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I’m pleased to be going to Green Party conference at the ACC Liverpool this weekend, representing the ERS.   Sign our petition to introduce proportional representation for local elections   There’s lots to be discussed at the upcoming conference, as it’s an exciting time for the Greens in the run-up to the election, particularly with […]
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Mar 2015
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Fresh from launching the ‘Wales We Want’ report outlining the findings of a major consultation exercise on what kind of country people want for future generations, Peter Davies, Commissioner for Sustainable Futures outlines how the Welsh Government’s Future Generations Bill could improve democracy.   Sustainable Development (SD) has been a distinctive dimension in the devolution […]
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Mar 2015
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The Lord Speaker of the House of Lords proposed an interesting idea in the Telegraph yesterday. In a comment piece for the paper, Baroness Frances D’Souza argues that the upper chamber should be ‘one in, one out’ to stop its further expansion – a sort of ‘stasis through retirement’ approach.   She’s certainly right to note […]