Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

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While I welcome the fact that PR has suddenly become sexy again, I think people need to be more precise when they are talking about it. There are many forms of PR, and not all of them will have the desired effects. As Mark Reckons's famouse graph shows, the correlation is between safe seats and corruption. A system that doesn't remove safe seats is therefore in the interests of the two main parties, who will do anything to preserve the status quo, where they retain as much of the power as possible, and not in the interests of the electorate.

Resist the siren call of party list systems, which are used in the London Assembly, and simply embed the power of the parties. Nothing but STV in multi-member constituencies will do. STV abolishes safe seats, maintains the constituency link, and means that you can vote for one candidate from a party, but not another from the same party. Like constitutional monarchy, it's the worst system, apart from all the others.

And lest anyone think I am saying this out of mere partisanship: thanks to Chris Rennard, our party is actually best geared up to fighting FPTP elections, and would likely LOSE seats if STV came in. But as Liberals, we put principles over self interest. Yes, I know, it sounds unbelievable, doesn't it? But it's true.

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miss_s_b: (Mood: Oh dear)
So, take a little bit of symbolic power away from the political elite, and give it to the man in the street... But not too much, because we wouldn't want to upset the nice cozy safe seat status quo that keeps the Tories taking their turn at being in power, would we?

For the record, I asked DC:
Do you agree with D Carswell that bringing back traditional British multimember constituencies will combat corruption in parliament?
The answer has been a deafening silence (12:14 Craig Elder: We're wrapping up the online questions for now, but if you've got a question for David Cameron that wasn't answered today you can e-mail him - his address is CAMEROND@parliament.uk and you are guaranteed a response. ). I am unsurprised. Cameron is not going to ditch FPTP when he is heading for a landslide under it, and therein lies the problem of STV. The two main parties will try everything they possibly can, including smearing all forms of PR with criticisms that only apply to some, and advocating flawed forms of PR, to avoid the adoption of STV, which will hit Labour and the Tories hardest in loss of power.

The problem we have (perpetually) as supporters of STV is to counter the misinformation spread by those with a vested interest in the status quo. This includes the Tories and Labour, and the mainstream media, who like FPTP because they can see who has won an election by looking at how big each pile of paper is at the moment. It's a big mountain to climb, but there's never been a better time to try and climb it. Somebody pass the crampons?

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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009 04:18 pm
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Am trying to write the post that I obliquely promised yesterday about rules vs guidelines, and am finding it difficult to concentrate because next door's two extremely stupid boxer dogs are alternately trying to tear each other to pieces and barking at people who dare to walk past. Also [livejournal.com profile] andrewducker tells me that there are people in this world who don't have huge piles of books in the bathroom. This is perplexing and frightening to me. I would have had a discussion about it with him on LJ, except that LJ is being an arse for me today and refusing to submit my comments. Seriously, what sort of weirdo doesn't have reading material in the bathroom? It's just WRONG.

Speaking of books, this girl is my newest hero. It's a bit depressing that she has to resort to this, but it's very cool that she is doing it.

And speaking of even MORE books: my friend [livejournal.com profile] cassandravert has asked me to plug her bookselling website, which needs a bit of a polish in terms of site design (I note that some of the buttons at the bottom don't work in my version of Firefox), but has a pretty impressive stock list. I suspect many of you will find something of interest on there.

And now I am going to go for a bath, and take my notebook with me, and see if that helps me to compose this damn post. Got to get my # of blog posts still to write down for next Sunday... *tries to ignore the fact that gmail inbox is at 66 and facebook at 31 unread*

ETA: oh yeah, ifn yer in Yorksher, don't forget to vote here.

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miss_s_b: (Mood: Kill me)
Very occasionally I might appear to be a bit partisan about my politics. People think that when I link to things like the Tory Atlas of the World, or pick on Labour posters on Liberal Conspiracy, that I wouldn't pick on my own side like that. Well, that's where you are wrong, people, that's where you are wrong.

I got an email today from a wonk at Cowley Street asking me, as a Lib Dem blogger, to have a look at the party's Euro website and big it up on my blog. I looked at the party's Euro website. And then I took a red pen to it. This is the result:

((click to embiggen))

At the end of the day we can't hope to beat the big two unless we are substantially better than them at shit like this. And yes, I know that they have armies of overpaid mercenaries and we have but a few overstretched volunteers, but I thought one volunteer was worth ten hired men?

E-, Lib Dem site designers. See me after class.

((And yes, I'm still thinking about that other post. My bath was very nice, though, and I finished my book in it - Witches Abroad, again, since you ask))

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