Brighton, Hove and First Past the Post

We were following the elections in our home city of Brighton over on our new Twitter account @DemsocBTN, which we’ll be using for our local activities alongside the main @Demsoc feed. As you might have read in the papers, the Green Party won the most seats, and are likely to form a minority cabinet. The […]

Tying ourselves in knots on referendums

So, should we be having this referendum at all? Three views from different commentators yesterday. Peter Kellner of YouGov thinks not: That’s the trouble with referendums: you ask one question and end up getting the answer to another. Which is why I personally side with two figures who have not featured prominently in this campaign […]

AV referendum on the horizon

The deadline for registering to vote in the AV referendum (and local elections happening in some places is Thursday. So if you’ve recently moved house or think you aren’t registered, get your skates on and speak to your council’s electoral registration office. Lots of people are confused about what AV is, and what the arguments […]

AV and strong leaders

Most of the arguments used so far against AV have been so dubious or downright misleading that it’s a pleasure to come across an argument against based on a description of what democracy is for. Paul Sagar’s review of James Forder‘s The Case against Voting Reform provides an argument against AV based on the political […]

Lunchtime list for May 26th

Here are the articles and web pages the Talk Issues team recommend today: The collapse of the euro would open the door to democracy – Lots of euro stuff recently, much from a technical perspective, so here's a counterbalance in a traditional UK-Eurosceptic article from Simon Heffer. His thesis: that the end of the Euro, […]