general election 2010 politics and reform

  • May 30, 2011

    Point-scoring and opportunist politics alienates the electorate, says Jill Segger. If the "new politics" of May 2010 is to have any meaning, politicians and party activists must find a way of combining the legitimate battle of ideas with a more consensual and creative approach to the common good.

  • May 20, 2010

    In its interim report, the Electoral Commission has suggested that the UK voting law should be changed so that anyone queuing when polls close could still vote.

  • May 19, 2010

    As the new coalition government settles down, it is important to see past the hype and fear to the real issues of power, says Jill Segger. Asking tough questions of the powerful remains especially important in this new situation, with warning signs and signs of hope both in evidence.

  • May 11, 2010

    The abrupt brutality of the first-past-the-post system has not prepared us for anything other than the rapid and emotionally charged transfer of power.

  • May 11, 2010

    So the Conservatives are offering the Lib Dems a referendum on the Alternative Vote (AV) system. Both Hague and Osborne have now said that they would whip their MPs to support the bill in Parliament on the basis that it is right to give voters the choice in a referendum. Note, they have made the case in moral terms because they think it is the right thing to do.

  • May 11, 2010

    Those involved in talks over the formation of a new UK government following the hung parliament result on 6 May believe that the next 24 hours will be "crucial" to securing a deal.

  • May 10, 2010

    The status quo based on monopolistic politics and dominating religion is being challenged as never before, says Simon Barrow. This creates fresh and energising opportunities for cooperation across received 'religious' and 'secular' divides for a new era, and requires a new Christian vision too.

  • May 9, 2010

    Campaigners are set to return to the streets on Monday to urge radical reform of the voting system.

  • May 9, 2010
  • May 9, 2010

    Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, who is in discussions with the Tories' David Cameron over forming a government, has been told firmly that there must be 'no sell out over PR'.