Our top 5 most read blogs of 2017

Doug Cowan
Doug Cowan

Posted on the 20th December 2017

This time of year, we take a look back on our most popular articles of the year. A lot has happened: snap elections, threats to impose first-past-the-post and the ever-reliable annual House of Lords scandal.

But what were you, our dear reader, most interested in this year? Here’s our top 5 countdown…

No ID no Entry

5) Compulsory voter ID would only add to Britain’s democratic deficit

In fifth place, was the festive attempt to make it harder to vote, in the form of the Pickles Review into Electoral Fraud, released on the 27th December 2016. The review correctly found that there was little evidence of electoral fraud (just 0.00005% of votes cast), but then decided that we should make it harder to vote anyway.

4) The House of Lords is a rolling expenses scandal – now politicians must act

In fourth place, we have our latest review of the House of Lords. We had a close look at what peers get up to in the House of Lords, and found some shocking results. 33 peers had claimed nearly half a million pounds between them while failing to speak, table a written question or serve on a committee in the past year.

You Did It! Parliament to Debate Fair Votes

3) You did it: Parliament is going to debate adopting fair votes

In third place was the successful drive to get 100,000 signatures on the petition for a debate on proportional representation. With the help of thousands of supporters, we smashed through the required number.

Imposing first past the post

2) The Conservatives just pledged to take our democracy back decades

In second place was the shocking news that the Conservatives were planning to take advantage of their lead in the polls to drag our democracy backwards. Pledges in the Conservatives’ ultimately unpopular manifesto included one to impose first-past-the-post on voters in Mayoral and Police and Crime Commissioner elections around the country. Even more outrageous were rumours that they also planned to override the referendum that set up the London Assembly and impose first-past-the-post there.

2017 election report

1) June’s election was the third strike for Westminster’s voting system. It’s out

In first place, we have the third election in a row where first-past-the-post failed to give one party a large majority. From coalition in 2010 to a slim majority in 2015 then back to a confidence-and-supply agreement in 2017, first-past-the-post fails in the one thing its supporters say they want. Our 2017 election report laid bare the shockingly high levels of tactical voting and volatility that our electoral system creates.

We’d like to thank all our supporters for their help in the last year and a very Happy Christmas. 2018 is going to be another busy year, if you would like to get more involved you can join as a member or make a donation. Every penny helps in the campaign for fair votes.

Read our annual report
  • Peter Hirst

    The Conservatives don’t understand or like anything except fptp. The sooner we get rid of them the better. Merry Christmas.

    • FishOnTwoWheels

      Labour are just as bad as it suits them too, so getting rid of the Tories doesn’t equal a ticket to fairer voting.

      • Peter Hirst

        There’s a slender hope that Labour will embrace preferential voting depending I suppose on their electoral prospects under fptp.

      • ash4pm

        There is a growing movement within Labour to adopt a fairer (proportional) voting system. Can we please all write to our Constituency Labour Parties reminding them that many people voted for them tactically and that Government by consensus (not confrontation) is the way forward. Please act now while the iron is hot.

  • Vernon Taylor

    Voting in a virtual dictatorship every five years should be consigned to the past. The time has gone when people should be expected to engage with politics only at election time and then calmly accept being given the mushroom treatment – today the peasants have some education and the internet. Today the great unwashed wants to engage with and influence politics in a continuous process.

    Today the ordinary people of this country want big changes in politics. Today the majority want the Party whips to be retired and every vote a free vote.
    Today the majority want seats to match votes.
    Today the majority doesn’t want strong government making decisions that favour their politics.
    Today the majority wants the right decisions to be made by fair government that welcomes representation from all fields…

    Today the majority wants cooperational government rather than confrontational government…

  • Nigel Baldwin

    The spirit of Lord Salisbury still pervades the Conservative Party. He was their leader at the time the third Reform Act in 1884 came into force. As a man with a deep suspicion of democracy, he was determined to have as little of it as possible.

  • Joe King

    The voting system is a disgrace and open to electoral fraud.

  • StallingGrad1

    There is nothing wrong with the House of Lords. The fault is in the ‘free-for-all’ attitude in relation to selection, public sector should be involved.

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