Saturday, 16 July 2011
Scrap the top-up list for Welsh Assembly elections?
I'm surprised that there hasn't been more instant reaction to the Hain/Jones proposal to elect two AMs from each Welsh constituency on the new Westminster boundaries, scrapping the top-up list. One might have expected Mr Hain, who has long supported the Alternative Vote, to incorporate preferential voting in his proposition, but no: he wants to use simple crosses, as for council elections. Even though Liberal Democrats could expect to do rather better from this than the other two opposition parties, I hope there will be a robust response from the leadership, restating the party's belief in STV, the closest practical approach to a proportional voting system.