alternative vote

  • May 9, 2011

    There can be no one who voted or campaigned for the Alternative Vote who believed it to be anything other than a first step towards full reform of the electoral system. Initially, Nick Clegg's petulant description of it as a “miserable little compromise” seemed an example of the perfect being permitted to become the enemy of the possible. However, it now seems that the pursuit of incremental change may have turned out to be a mistake.

  • May 8, 2011

    Reformers say that the case for voting, parliamentary and political reform in Britain remains strong, despite the setback in the AV referendum on 5 May

  • May 5, 2011

    The main arguments used by the 'No to AV' campaign are, if taken to their logical conclusion, arguments against democracy. Every one of their leading arguments could be used an argument against holding elections at all.

  • May 5, 2011

    For the last 15 months, Ryan Gallagher has here been chronicling the debate around the Alternative Vote (AV) referendum for OurKingdom, the UK section of the groundbreaking openDemocracy website and forum.

  • May 5, 2011

    There was a tremendously good ‘Yes to Fairer Votes’ rally last night. We sat in the raked theatre of the Royal Institution where the great 19th century experiments were tested that opened the way to the modern era. Will we be so lucky with the British voting system?

  • May 5, 2011

    Fairer votes campaigners from all parties and none have called upon people across Britain to vote for improving politics and to reject negativity in today's AV poll.

  • April 20, 2011

    If you’ve received a leaflet from the ‘No to AV’ campaign, you may have noticed a map showing that only three countries use the Alternative Vote system. But there are lots of things the map does not show.

  • April 14, 2011

    Billy Bragg joined forces with black activist Simon Woolley on 13 April to launch a new anti-BNP poster for the 'Yes to Fairer Votes' campaign.

  • April 5, 2011

    Independent analysis from think-tank NEF (the New Economics Foundation) has shown that AV would give a significant boost to the power of the average voter.

  • April 3, 2011

    "I don't want to wake up after 5 May and find out it’s business as usual at Westminster," said Eddie Izzard at the official launch of Yes to Fairer Votes.