AV final thoughts and strategic voting

I’ve been in the USA since Wednesday, for work. Because my work has a political aspect, I always end up having to explain the UK’s political system to Americans. This is difficult, because the US political system was designed by lots of clever people meeting over a period of a couple of years, based on […]

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De Do Ron Ron Ron

I wrote in my first blog on Av that I’d voted, campaigned and stood in more than a hundred individual AV elections. Those elections were for roles in Jewish youth organisations, my Student Union, the National Union of Students, trade unions and voluntary groups. Despite the fact that these elections happened at different times in […]

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AV, Safe Seats, Selections and Primaries

As I said when I first blogged about AV, both sides of the campaign are using weak, wrong and misleading arguments to advance their cases. A perfect example this week was Lord Ashdown’s Sky News interview, where he manages to squeeze at least four incorrect claims about AV in a couple of sentences. He said: […]

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Creative uses of AV

Tomorrow is the first day of the National Union of Students’ annual Conference. It’s also five years since I last attended an NUS Conference myself, either as a voting delegate or as a balcony-based observer. I went to my first NUS Conference in 2003. I was elected by the narrowest of margins in an STV […]

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Misunderstanding AV

I have no particular view about the AV referendum. I haven’t decided which way to vote yet, but it’s not ambivalence as much as non-valence. I don’t feel strongly either way. But weirdly, I still want to explore the arguments anyway, especially as public debate on both sides has been pretty poor. One reason for […]

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