em - Comments on Lord Jenkin's Proposals
donald at mich.com
Thu Sep 24 06:00:34 PDT 1998
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Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 07:25:17 +0100
To: New Democracy <donald at mich.com>
Subject: Re: UK - Lord Jenkin's Proposals
The system has some merit.
I have always preferred STV but this party based secondary process would have
If the inevitable coalitions founder would there be some provision for the
maintenance of the length of parliament ? If not a seeking party could cause an
emotive subject issue to force an election and thereby gain a majority situation
in a snap election.
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I can suggest a slight addition that would answer your question.
If the second vote also allowed the voter to use 1-2-3 ranking so that
they could rank the parties, then the resulting information could be used
with a country wide Alternative Vote to pick the party that the voters want
to form the government - even if the party did not have a majority in the
House. The power to govern now comes from the voters not the House.
This chosen party would hold this position for a set number of years,
like four or five, then the country would have its next election.
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