Monday, September 30, 2002

No news, but a link to the Electoral Reform Society.

I used to think PR was a way of keeping people like Ken Clarke in government permanently.

It probably still is. However its other advantages, particularly over our electoral system, are so overwhelming I don't think it matters.

Aside from the usual arguments, it would also rescue the Opposition. Currently the Conservative need a 6% lead in the popular vote to gain equal seats in the Houses of Parliament, and a 10% lead to get a majority of one.

True, you don't need PR to stop this. You can redraw constituency boundaries -- effectively increasing the number of seats in the Tory South-East and decreasing it in the Labour North and Scotland (this will happen anyway).

Yet that is a half-hearted measure, and anyway it is difficult for the Tories to argue that they are being discriminated against when for years the didn't seem to mind when the electoral system worked in their favour.

Another advantage of PR is that it will allow our current monolithic politilcal parties to split into more politicall coherent units - e..g the anti EU tories, the Labour left.

Monday, September 09, 2002

Hitchens on September 11th.

Wednesday, September 04, 2002

A really good article here on the errors in a recent article by Robert Kagan on the differences between the world views of the US and Europe.

Stephen Pollard explains here why he is a member of the Labour Party, an explanation for which I would like to take the tiniest bit of credit . I don't fully understand his reasoning -- he seems at one point to be saying that he is a member of the Labour Party because the left of the Conservative Party repulses him. But otherwise it's interesting stuff.