Tag Archives: FPTP

  1. The Goldblog guide to what to watch for on #election2019 night

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    December 12, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    If, like me, you are staying up for election night, it might be useful to know what you are looking …
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  2. What’s happened to the Brexit Party in #election2019 shows how our electoral system is undemocratic and unrepresentative and should change

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    December 10, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The Brexit Party won the last national election but is effectively unable to compete in this General Election. For this, …
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  3. Why it doesn’t matter that many Labour target seats voted Leave

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    May 27, 2019 by Paul Goldsmith

    The way the First-past-the-post electoral system works means that a Remain supporting mainstream party can win plenty of Leave seats …
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  4. A new political party doesn’t have to win seats in Parliament to be successful

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    September 18, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    During the August political news ‘silly-season’, James Chapman, former Chief of Staff to Brexit Secretary David Davis, started a one-man …
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  5. Change in popular votes but not seats in Northern Ireland?

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    May 1, 2017 by Paul Goldsmith

    Northern Ireland have had their political earthquake already. The FPTP election system used in this General Election means there is …
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  6. Why we are unlikely to get a change in election system

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    May 17, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

     The problems with trying to get a referendum on changing the election system (the way in which votes are …
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  7. First Past the Post – Disproportional Representation or Producer of stable government?

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    May 11, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

     Let’s start with the two graphs above. On the left are the actual seats won. One the right are …
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  8. Why the Liberal Democrats must be giving thanks for First Past the Post

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    April 12, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    At one stage, during the mass leaders’ debate last week, Nick Clegg turned and demanded an apology from Ed Miliband …
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  9. Wales 2015 Part 1 – As you were

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    January 2, 2015 by Paul Goldsmith

    Whereas Scotland’s 2015 results could change the course of the 2015 General election result, the results from Wales will not. …
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  10. Northern Ireland 1 – why FPTP really doesn’t work there

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    December 29, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Given that the aims of an election system (how votes are translated into seats), include a range of opinions and …
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  11. If UKIP learn how to play the FPTP election system properly it could make 20 seats’ difference

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    November 26, 2014 by Paul Goldsmith

    Whilst he was lauding UKIP’s victories in the Clacton and Rochester & Strood by-elections, I couldn’t help noticing a not …
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