Some interesting links

1. Constitutional and Political Reform: where does the Coalition go from here? Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg appeared before the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee this week and discussed all sorts of interesting issues: lessons learned from the AV referendum, recall legislation, Lords reform, etc.  You can watch the Committee meeting here. 2. It’s my Party Samara, a charitable organization that studies citizen engagement with Canadian democracy, produced a series of reports based on exit interviews with MPs who’d decided not to seek re-election in the 2 May 2011 election. Their third report, “It’s my Party: Political Dysfunction Reconsidered” is particularly interesting as it highlights the frustrations that former MPs felt about the way politics is practiced in Parliament, laying […]

Some useful links for Canadian Voters

Here are some links that might help you make up your mind how to vote in the May 2 2011 election. I will update this post if/when I come across more useful links. Party Platform Comparison So far, only the Globe and Mail has provided readers with a comparison of the party platforms on major issues. The CBC has provided a party-by-party breakdown for the questions it used in its Vote Compass test, which might also be of some interest to voters. Fact Checkers Wondering if the claims made by parties and the counter-claims made by their opponents are true or mostly bull? Check out the CBC’s Reality Check, and Maclean’s Bull Meter. Seat Projections Never an exact science, but […]

More AV links for the interested

(Are you looking for information on how voting works under AV? Please see this post.) A very detailed post tackling the question “Is AV better than FPTP?” by a Cambridge University maths professor. Well worth reading, even if you’ve already decided to vote Yes. Definitely worth reading if you’re still undecided and probably should be read if you’re planning to vote No: Consider first what it means if you get five bites of the cherry. It means that your first-choice party is eliminated, and your second-choice party, and your third-choice party, and your fourth-choice party. Compare that with the poor old voter who gets just one bite of the cherry. Their party is either the party that wins or the […]

Link sharing

I’d like to share a few links with readers. Everyone’s favourite elections expert from down under, Antony Green, is in the UK at the moment – in part to observe the ongoing referendum campaign, and in part for a vacation. He has a provided a very interesting contribution to the British Politics and Policy at LSE blog in which he writes that the experience with AV at the Australian state level suggests that AV in the UK may not change the national picture of who wins seats that much, but will increase the legitimacy of MPs who otherwise could not demonstrate that they have local majority support. Human rights activist Jemima Khan has an in-depth interview with Deputy Prime Minister […]

Link sharing

I have a couple of ideas for posts, but not the time to work on them at the moment. In the interim, I thought I would share some interesting links with you. The Spectator’s Alex Massie wrote what I thought was a very interesting piece on the so-called Ground Zero Mosque (“The Ground Zero Mosque? Build it“). Unfortunately, most of his readers didn’t agree with him. If you can can stomach it, you can try reading through the various comments. In response to those comments, Massie followed up with a second post, also worth reading (“Ground Zero Mosque: Another Moment of Truth for the Open Society“). Christopher Hitchens has a remarkable essay for this month’s Vanity Fair, “Topic of Cancer“. […]