Posts Tagged ‘politics’

Rebuilding Society from the ground up

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

The recent riots were shocking, but they were not a surprise. They were waiting to happen. This is not for one simple reason but for several complex ones. But it is not the reasons that should be central here, except in what they tell us about what is now needed.

One, two, three – what are we voting for?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

It would be easy to think that proportional representation is something new. But in 1867 you could have found John Stuart Mill promoting the Single Transferrable vote system. This was back in a time when the major debate was over a parliamentary reform which would for the first time grant any vote at all to a significant number of the working class, and half a century before that right extended to women.