Monthly Archives: February 2011

AV – not exactly flavour of the month

If the Alternative Vote (AV) is so good as a means of electing legislators, why is it used in national parliamentary elections in only Australia, Papua New Guinea and Fiji?

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A milestone

Today this site passed the milestone of having been viewed 50,000 times since it was created less than a year ago.  I started the blog during the period of election purdah and Lords of the Blog was out of action.  … Continue reading

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Fixed-term Parliaments

I am working on material for Tuesday’s Second Reading debate on the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill.  The Bill itself was subject to a critical report by the Constitution Committee.  The report identified problems with the speed with which the Bill was … Continue reading

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The campaign has begun

The referendum on AV is just over ten weeks away.   The campaign has begun, but I doubt if many people have noticed.  It will be interesting to see if it does attract attention in the last month, the royal wedding … Continue reading

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What if the PM goes under the bus?

On Thursday, there was a parliamentary answer to a question from Conservative MP Peter Bone: Peter Bone: To ask the Deputy Prime Minister what responsibilities he has in the event of that the Prime Minister is incapacitated and unable to … Continue reading

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Another long day

Yesterday was another long day.  Here are a few super-tweets: Breakfast meeting with a graduate student. Constitution Committee: we take evidence from Lord Jay, chair of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.  He says they are considering being proactive in … Continue reading

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It’s on the record

If you speak in the House, or in a committee, your words are recorded, either in Hansard (for the chamber or Grand Committee) or in the committee proceedings.  Your words are then in print permanently, available to be read by … Continue reading

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