Outside the marginals

A commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010, 2015 & 2017 elections (and THAT referendum)

Archive for the tag “alternative vote”

Labour Pains

What is likely to be the result of the Labour Leadership election?

Polls – possibly based on slightly shaky sampling – seem to be predicting Jeremy Corbyn as being the first round winner. Whether he gets the required outright majority to win on the first count is less clear.

Ideally the result should be clear-cut. Read more…

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Rats in a Sack (and not understanding AV!)

The Cooper and Burnham camps have traded blows over their views on Mr Corbyn and their place in the contest.

A spokesman for the former said on Monday that Mr Burnham should “step back and leave it to Yvette” if he could not provide an alternative to Mr Corbyn
BBC News Website 18 August 2015 : Labour leadership: Burnham criticises Cooper call to quit

Apart from being unedifying, it also shows a remarkable disrespect for the electorate and misunderstanding of the benefits of AV. Read more…

Campaigning in: Hexham

Basically, don’t bother – unless you are Conservative in which case do a bit of token campaigning to show that you are not taking the voters for granted.

Why? Read more…

Striking the Strikers

In another attempt to spread peace and goodwill the Conservatives are proposing:

  • at least half of eligible union members to vote in order for a strike to be lawful
  • a three-month time limit after the ballot for the action to take place.
  • unions to set out on the ballot paper the exact form of action they were proposing
  • a vote on each aspect of the dispute

Summarised from: BBC News Website 18 July 2014 : Tories outline strike law manifesto pledge

This is an interesting idea; “democracy” requires 50% consent of all and proposals should be disaggregated and implemented within 3 months. It might be more widely applied: Read more…

In a Pact Programme …

I am still amazed by the way that the media still can’t get their mind around the implications of having a coalition government.  Some members of the public are not doing to well either.

They seem determined to find winners and losers in the Queen’s Speech.  We seem to have two-party leaders who for better or worse (and I have my doubts) have thrown in their lot with each other. Have Cameron or Clegg betrayed their followers?  Or did the Labour leadership (by its negotiating stance) betray its followers?

No one “won” the election, (despite some Tories claiming their, almost feudal, “right” to rule,) so no one party can “have their way”.  So the alternative is either complete stalemate or a coalition and that means compromise.

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