Tuesday, 6 January 2015

“Electoral reform could, like Lazarus, rise from the dead in 2015”.

The words of Professor Vernon Bogdanor in an article in a recent Financial Times – http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/8f0628f0-8220-11e4-a9bb-00144feabdc0.html#axzz3NwEFBTh8 – drawn to out attention by Anthony Tuffin of www.stvAction.org.uk.

He also reports that:

There is a lively debate about electoral reform on http://www.conservativehome.com/thetorydiary/2015/01/the-conservative-push-for-tactical-votes.html. Although Conservative Home seems an unlikely forum for it, it has happened before and I have no doubt it will happen again, especially if the Conservative Party loses seats, and perhaps power, to Labour in May because it loses votes to UKIP.

There is also an excellent article in the The International News of Karachi - http://www.thenews.com.pk/Todays-News-9-294140-The-worst-electoral-system - where the writer argues persuasively for Pakistan to scrap FPTP.

It seems to me that it will be difficult for any measure to restore faith in its legislature on the part of Pakistanis, but that a fair voting system would make the best contribution to doing so.

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