Monthly Archives: April 2011

We should stay with the first past the post voting system: it maintains the link between voter and elected MP, while AV makes it much less clear

Proponents of AV claim that it will make MPs work harder in the interest of their constituents by reason of the greater number of votes a candidate will require for election. Grégoire Webber takes an in-depth look at how AV works and finds that it does not remove the problem of a party (or coalition) having a majority in parliament, […]

‘Staged’ cracks in the coalition, debate over new GDP figures, and Cameron’s ‘Dear’ moment: Political blog round up for 23 – 30 April 2011

Chris Gilson takes a look at the week in political blogging AV Referendum and Council Elections Chris Huhne launches an attack on the ‘No’ campaign, with the possible threat of legal actions over some of their claims. Tim Montgomerie at thetorydiary is concerned about Vince Cable’s comments this week calling for a ‘progressive majority’ to keep the Tories out of […]

The flexibility of AV in expressing multiple preferences is suited to the modern British voter

Historically, UK voters tended to have strong party affiliations, but this has changed in recent decades with a rise of voting patterns towards smaller parties and a decline in strong party identifiers. The ippr’s Guy Lodge makes the case for reassessing AV with the voter in mind, and finds that as a preferential system, it gives voters much more flexibility […]

The royal wedding reminds us that hereditary principle is alive and well in the UK: property rights and control over land remain firmly with royals and the aristocracy

With royal wedding celebrations now underway, it is perhaps a good time to rexamine the role of the royal family and the aristocracy in the UK. Bart Cammaerts finds that this Ancien Régime is still very much in control – 6000 aristocratic families own the vast majority of the UK’s land, supported by the leasehold system and the House of […]

A vote for AV may lead to fewer safe seats but whether this would make MPs work harder is still up for debate

The AV referendum is now only a week away. In previous posts, Alan Renwick from the University of Reading has debunked some of the myths advanced by the ‘No’ campaign: that AV violates the principle of ‘one person, one vote’ and that it would lead to permanent coalitions. Here, Dr Renwick casts doubt on four of the contentions from the […]

The New Homes Bonus may not be as effective as the government claims

As part of the government’s new localism agenda, the New Homes Bonus scheme aims to reward local authorities that enlarge their housing stocks. While such a programme should help encourage the building of much-needed housing in the UK, Henry Overman finds that the government’s claims for an increased housing stock in the last year may be over-inflated.

The Dilnot Commission on long term care funding should not overlook the possibility of co-evolution between pensions and care

The government’s intended reform of the pension system has garnered much commentary in recent months. Craig Berry looks at the work of the Dilnot Commission on another element of policy for the elderly, social care, and finds that there may be opportunities for it to be partnered with the pensions system, giving significant benefits to those of retirement age. The […]

AV will not change the face of parliament but may change the way that we think about politics

In the second of his posts looking at some key questions around the AV debate, Alan Renwick from the University of Reading moves on to examine how the AV system would affect the national picture. Using simulations of the previous seven elections, he provides evidence on how AV would affect the major and minor parties, the frequency of hung parliaments […]