It’s not about the most seats

Recently, I’ve seen a few comments and blog posts wherein the writer states that the party that wins the most seats in the next election (but not a majority of the seats) gets to form the next government. As I’m certain I’ve written many times before, this simply isn’t the case. The incumbent governing party (we’ll call them Party A) is the party that gets the first chance to see if it can form a government that would command the confidence of the House. In a situation where another party (Party B) wins an outright majority of the seats, this becomes a moot point – Party A could not command the confidence of the House no matter what machinations it […]

AV does not cause hung parliaments

While I have resisted blogging about them, I have been regularly reading a variety of columns and articles on the May referendum on the Alternative Vote. One thing in particular continues to baffle me: I simply do not understand why so many AV opponents believe that AV will lead to more hung parliaments and thus make coalition government the norm in the UK. This “fact” is repeated almost every single time anyone posts anything against AV, and I’m including reader comments on articles in this. A recent example would be this column by Simon Jenkins in the Guardian in which he writes: The case against AV is that it would increase the likelihood of a hung parliament and uncertain government. […]