Final thoughts on Glasgow East

Well, I say “final thoughts”, but really I mean “first and only thoughts” because this is the first time I’ve actually managed to find the time and motivation to write about tomorrow’s Glasgow East by-election. It’s difficult to know what I am hoping for. The party I am most sympathetic towards — the Lib Dems […]

Electoral reform: a different answer

A few weeks ago I attended a talk by Eric Maskin, who this year was awarded the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics for having laid the foundations of mechanism design theory. Eric Maskin seems to be quite an interesting person. He lives in a house that was once occupied by Albert Einstein. I imagine that […]

Salmond to face Brown in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath? Please, no

Iain Dale has heard a rumour that Alex Salmond is planning on standing against Gordon Brown at the next general election. I live in Gordon Brown’s constituency, Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath. If an election were to be held tomorrow, I would vote SNP. This is not because I support the SNP’s policies, because I don’t. If […]

The greatest argument against representative democracy

No, it’s not a five minute chat with an average member of the public. It’s a cursory glance at the blog of your representatives. Scottish bloggers continue, even after all these weeks, to stare at Councillor Terry Kelly’s blog with astonishment. If anybody wants to know what I mean when I say parts of Scotland […]

Bob Piper isn’t a racist. He’s just a loud-mouthed boor

You may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging over these past few days. I haven’t even been reading blogs — at all. Just in preparation for my last exam tomorrow, then I will start up again. I had been completely missing the whole Bob Piper hoo-ha that was going on over the weekend. The […]

Labcon’s big electoral reform fibs

Iain Dale has written a post about PR (via MMVC). He’s not in favour. His reasons? Whatever system emerged would be bound to ruin the link between MPs and their constituencies. Oh really? Just look at the system for electing MEPs. I suspect only a small proportion of the people reading this could name their […]

FPTP benefits extremist parties

You might have seen in my linklog that Make My Vote Count is spending this week debunking myths about proportional representation. Today’s is my favourite, Proportional representation helps extremist parties get into power. It’s a bit of a funny one because this year we saw a clear case of First Past the Post benefiting the […]

My non-expert opinion on an actual expert opinion

Okay, this is my first politics / amateur psephology post in a while. Brace yourselves! Professor John Curtice has been making predictions, and I think the clearest message there is that Labour are in big trouble. I really like this cute Labour quote though: However, a Labour spokesman dismissed Prof Curtice’s forecasts yesterday. The spokesman […]