Two levels of compromise, and the current dysfunction of British party politics

I’ve lost track of the number of times people have defended the British First Past The Post (FPTP) electoral system with the argument that because the system generally produces a clear winner (a majority for one party), the system hence avoids the need for the complicated coalition negotiations and trade-offs necessary in systems where coalition governments […]

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Some reflections on coalition building (in light of UK and Finnish experience)

Something has been nagging at me since the True Finns’ election success on Sunday. I think it’s because I am struggling to answer this question: why must True Finns be brought into a governing coalition? This question was brought into focus in a Twitter discussion with Mia Välimäki: [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/#!/mialeenasofia/status/60055951830556672″] The essential gist is: True […]

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How elected representatives could use the web to add context (an example for Claude Moraes MEP)

I saw this tweet earlier from Brian Duggan who works for EPLP in their London office: [blackbirdpie url=”http://twitter.com/TheBrianDuggan/status/55944123059941376″] I followed the link to the letters page of The Guardian, and this is what I get: Your report on the conviction of John Sweeney should be essential reading for some of my colleagues in the European […]

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