Bright upcoming councillors are being denied opportunities to support their local communities. There are too many one party councils.
A proportional distribution of seats within multi-member wards would achieve greater fairness and more competition.
Two cheers for a measure that, though mostly about managing, dividing and taming popular opinion, remains a reforming landmark.
The Electoral Reform Society calculates that a tiny change in votes would have given May a bare majority last spring. But how much difference would this have made?
Labour’s deal with the LibDems to introduce STV to Scotland’s local elections has led to instability, confusion and a bad deal for the taxpayer.
Burning down a dirty house is more newsworthy than cleaning it, but not wiser.
The 32nd Dáil is an object warning against PR, with a huge increase in minor parties making stable government very difficult.
From devolution to proportional representation, the left has pursued a far more ambitious agenda of convenient constitutional reform than the Tories.
The Strathclyde proposals are welcome and further change should be gradualist.
Ultimately, the logic of the argument against FPTP leads not just to PR, but to a permanent power-sharing government.
Under our system, coalitions are effectively agreed within parties before the election. Under PR, the Government’s programme is stitched up after voters have had their say.
A Royal Commission should put the options before Parliament in time for a referendum in, say, 2018.
True to Lib Dem form, Paddy agrees with Ken on the need for proportional representation and Michael on the threat of the SNP.
Elevating FPTP to the status of a Tory principle would be a historical, and perhaps also a historic, mistake.
Current polling evidence suggests that Labour may end up as the largest single party even if it secures more than a million fewer votes than the Conservatives.