April 2018

Voter ID plans ‘deeply flawed’, says Electoral Reform Society

Government plans to make people prove their identity before voting are “deeply flawed”, the Electoral Reform Society (ERS) has warned. The scheme, which is being piloted in Bromley, Gosport, Swindon, Watford and Woking for the local elections on 3 May, is designed to combat voter fraud. But the ERS says the new system could be a “calculated […]

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Does it really matter if we call Australian politics ‘semi-parliamentary’?

Australia’s ‘hybrid’ executive-legislative relationship, whereby the two chambers of parliament have distinct and separate powers, has been described in numerous ways, including ‘semi-parliamentarism’. In this, the final of three pieces on the subject, Marija Taflaga argues that the terminology matters, and the term helps both politicians and political scientists clarify how the Australian system works, and understand […]

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Shake your TICTeCs

Thanks to some Herculean volunteering, we’ve completed our SoPN party! (Hercules only had seven tasks, though, so not sure he would have touched the leaderboard.) We can announce that there are …drumroll…. 16,121 candidates standing at the local elections in England. Read more…

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