Brexit part 2: thresholds, representation, and ‘what next?’

The other day I wrote a post-Brexit reaction which focused on the rather specialised question of how deliberative democrats ought to respond to politics in a ‘post-fact’ society. In that piece I raised but didn’t specifically respond to claims about parliamentary action and bare majorities for issues of such significance. Here’s that response. First, the issue of whether 50%+1 was the right threshold, or whether … Continue reading Brexit part 2: thresholds, representation, and ‘what next?’

My submission to NZ’s electoral system review

After a public vote to keep New Zealand’s Mixed Member Proportional Representation electoral system last year, the government is holding a review to see if the system can be improved in any way. Public submissions are open until the end of the month, and I finally got moved to write one. I will post a link shortly, once it’s up on the Review website, but meanwhile here … Continue reading My submission to NZ’s electoral system review

The AV referendum: a post-mortem

This post first appeared on an earlier incarnation of the Boggler Blog on 12 May, 2011. So, the proponents of voting reform in the UK lost. Entirely expected, although I resisted writing a pre-mortem. What went wrong? And could it have been avoided? First, there was the product. The Alternative Vote system was loved by almost no-one, not even its proponents. Nick Clegg is often … Continue reading The AV referendum: a post-mortem