Unlikely allies team up to demand a fairer voting system

Unlikely allies team up to demand a fairer voting system

What issue do the Green Party, Liberal Democrats, Plaid Cymru, the SNP and UKIP all agree on? Today I found out. Braving the weather, I joined Natalie Bennett, Nigel Farage, Leanne Wood, a host of top level politicians from parties across the political spectrum and the Electoral Reform Society for an exciting morning stood outside the gates of Downing Street.

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The black spider memos may be banal, but their publication is important

The black spider memos may be banal, but their publication is important

Yesterday afternoon, following a legal battle for almost a decade, Prince Charles’s letters to ministers were finally published.  

The striking thing about the letters is how banal they are. Following attempts to block their publication from the crown and politicians alike, one would have expected earth-shattering revelations rather than topics such as school dinners and albatrosses. Nonetheless, their publication is hugely important.

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The UK desperately needs Cameron to be a statesman

The UK desperately needs Cameron to be a statesman

English Votes for English Laws is a path to the break-up the Union unless Cameron can look beyond short-term party interest and call a Constitutional Convention

Superficially, last week’s election result restores a veneer of the old order to British politics. Once again we have a single party in power. The age of endless coalition has not arrived. The status quo has returned.  

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How badly have we been let down by our voting system?

How badly have we been let down by our voting system?

This has been a dramatic election with shocking exit polls, a series of high profile politicians losing their seats and even the resignations of three party leaders. But for me the real story of the election is how badly we have been let down by our voting system.  We did not get what we voted for because our outdated voting system simply cannot cope with the reality of multi party politics.

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Putting voting reform on the agenda

Putting voting reform on the agenda

It wasn't long ago that Michael Sheen made a speech at an NHS Rally that went viral. "You must stand up for what you believe, but first of all by God make sure you believe in something." This speech was of course about defending the NHS. But he also referenced "all those who have turned their backs on a truly democratic society" and practically screamed at them to get out.

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