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How to run a PR top up system with multi-seat constituencies

Mon 5 July 2010, 3:20pm

Tweet The point of multi seat constituencies is to provide the electorate with a choice not alone of party but of personnel. It is in effect a nascent instant primary system. However political parties don’t see it like that and tend towards running the minimal slate of candidates because they are currently fearful of using it as […] more »

What is the contest in Fine Gael about.

Thu 17 June 2010, 10:55am

Tweet The contest in FG is not urban or rural as Elaine Byrne suggested but between the politics of “what” and “how” as compared with the politics of “who, and where and when”. There is not inconsiderable number in Irish politics across the party divide for whom the intoning of the party name is the […] more »

What are the prospects for a smooth change in FG?

Mon 14 June 2010, 12:14pm
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Tweet I suspect that it is obvious at this point that the possibility of a change at the top of FG has increased in the last 48 hours and I suspect, despite the way things are being played in the media, the likelihood of this change over being a smooth and relatively bloodless one has increased […] more »

John McGuiness may have fired starting gun on FF Leadership heave

Thu 25 March 2010, 3:51pm

Tweet Speaking on KCLR (Kilkenny-Carlow Local Radio) this morning John McGuiness TD (FF) spoke of the weak leadership of Brian Cowen, that he needed to move beyond tribalism and called on him to “consider his position”. All sorts of rumours floating about as to how many other FF TDs would join a heave as opposed […] more »

Killian Forde and the Moguls of Irish politics

Mon 11 January 2010, 10:17pm

Tweet The departure/defection/eloping of Cllr Killian Forde from Sinn Fein to the Labour party appears to be causing considerably more discussion that the earlier leavings of Christy Burke or Louise Minihan. While this is perhaps because he has left and joined another party, it is also possibly because it was more about policy and the […] more »

The Program for Government: a possible mandate for a gerrymander?

Tue 13 October 2009, 3:51pm

Tweet An interesting constitutional problem, thrown up by the outcome of the local elections, which has not as yet been covered in the mainstream media is that no government comprised of FF and any likely set of partners can now to command a majority in the Seanad after the next general election. Even if they […] more »

New Poll numbers make grim reading for Irish Government

Thu 3 September 2009, 2:00am

Tweet The new MRBI poll numbers to be reported in tomorrow’s Irish times make for truly awful reading for the government and An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen. After the summer period when traditionally FF numbers have tended to go up with the Oireachtas not sitting and the absence of real new, this makes the drop which […] more »

FG – Manama

Tue 25 August 2009, 5:36pm

Tweet It is interesting that some folks are caught up with the notion that it’s either NAMA or nothing or that the opposition don’t have any ideas of their own. People might not agree with what the opposition are offering but that doesn’t mean they aren’t offering anything. Labour are talking nationalisation, if temporarily, SF […] more »

Where do we go from here?

Wed 8 April 2009, 3:35pm

Tweet It will take some time for people to digest the full consequences of yesterday’s budget. And once they’ve got their heads around that they have to remember that there are at least 2/3 budgets more like this to come. The big headlines are the tax hikes and the bad bank proposals. But there are […] more »

Lenihan’s winks will be as important as his nods

Tue 7 April 2009, 5:44pm

Tweet Lenihan has a couple of jobs to do today the main two are the economic one and the other political. The economic job can be divided into two one the very immediate deficit and the other the longer term task of closing the overall deficit. The political job is also twofold to convince people […] more »

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  1. Comment on Baby, bath water and the planned abolition of Seanad Eireann
    on 11 May 2011 at 5:47 pm

    One of the big areas missing from the government’s reforms announced to date is any effort to alter the electoral system for the Dáil. If the Seanad is being abolished then some major work has to be done ranging from modifying or changing utterly the way in which we elect the Dáil if it is the sole chamber in the Oireachtas.

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  2. Comment on Twenty Major calls it a day
    on 6 April 2011 at 9:16 pm

    This is the previous departure

    I do wonder that there is an element of taking their ball home with them going on with some of the local bloggerati. Perhaps there was a lack of homage being paid by the common people or they simply lost interest in the end. Twenty had his moments but a tad like Iain M. Banks at times you’d sometimes prefer a less frequent output that was more substantive.

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  3. Comment on The (last) Irish Blog Awards (in Belfast)
    on 21 March 2011 at 11:20 am

    fjh, I don’t want to get too into this at the moment for a variety of reasons but I have long echoed what you say about the blogging opinion offered south of the border compared to the actual views of the regular punter. Much of the political opinioning in the south is of the loosely left US city Democrat type and it is so self regarding that it often times can’t understand how the majority of the engaged electorate is still voting for FG/Lab and even FF. So it simply ignores that fact and pretends that those voters aren’t real and don’t count and instead talks endlessly about those that remain.

    I should really leave my views on the IBA until much later if I value my head and sanity at all. I will say this, it started as a way for people to get some attention onto blogging by saying – come look at this ‘interesting’ thing we’re doing.- and I think ended up being ultimately self limited in that it became -come look at this interesting thing ‘we’re’ doing- that and the complete lack of transparency in an era when more transparency is being hail as one of the great movements enabled by technology did for it in the end. That and it being someone’s ball that they could take home with them.

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  4. Comment on Back to Gerry 1
    on 26 January 2011 at 11:38 am

    Would it not be possible for Gerry to make polite inquiries about one of the Stewardships and let the Crown pretend he had actually applied but that he would not be paid his shilling from the Crown or whatever it is. It could be his empty formula.

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  5. Comment on Voting Rights for Irish Emigrants
    on 20 December 2010 at 9:06 pm

    The issues around taxation and representation would be easily addressed if we had a proper concept of residency in Ireland, instead we have the notion of being tax resident but not of what it means to be a resident of the country, there again this parallels our concept of citizenship being fairly vague too.

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  6. Comment on Voting Rights for Irish Emigrants
    on 20 December 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Those who have emigrated and are graduates of TCD and the NUI actually can already vote for the Seanad. It’s a postal vote and there are many people on the register, a very quick and rather rough sorting of the NUI register shows about 2% or so with addresses outside of Ireland with possibly the same amount from the north.

    It is a measure of the depth of thought that some of those writing in the press about the issue have given it that they appear either unaware of it or just don’t bother to mention it. As someone who ran for the Seanad and was themselves both an emigrant (the early 90s was the greatest time to have an degree in electronics in Ireland) and the product of emigration (both the folks had to leave the kingdom in the 50s, and did the meeting in London and having their babies before heading back in the mid 70s. Leaving me with a semi-rootless accent and a lifelong Crystal Palace burden to carry) I tried to highlight the situation but to little avail. I think it is something we should discuss but it’d be no harm to see some of those people actually do some research into what the current situation is.

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  7. Comment on Guardian poll supports British help for Ireland
    on 16 November 2010 at 11:02 am

    How is a 7 Billion loan going to cost the UK 7 billion? Fact is that interest rate is higher than the current BoE rate so they will make money from it.

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  8. Comment on How to run a PR top up system with multi-seat constituencies
    on 5 July 2010 at 10:02 pm

    It has similarities with the additional member system but it removes the control from the party hierarchy that a list from which the additional members would be drawn. In this system the additional members are also people who stood in the PR-STV vote.

    One of the recurring arguments against lists or top ups is that it places more power in the hands of parties at the expense of ordinary voters. And I would have concerns about that too, there is considerable favouritism and in part nepotism in politics in who gets chosen for tickets. This is an attempt to remove that as an argument against a top up system.

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  9. Comment on How to run a PR top up system with multi-seat constituencies
    on 5 July 2010 at 7:57 pm

    The lazy approach (which I might well adopt for the sake of simplicity) would be to reduce each of the constituencies by one seat. And yes, I’m suggesting that we allocate the remaining 43 seats (that proportion could be altered) of the 166 on the basis of d’Hondt (at least I think it would be d’Hondt but sometimes people say stuff to undermine my confidence that I understand d’Hondt properly).

    Of course the point of this system would be to entice more people from a broader range of backgrounds to stand for election as the negative impact of potentially lost transfers wouldn’t be costing parties seats any more. I’ve been toying with the idea for a while and was prompted to write as it seems a better alternative to the notion of adopting gender quotas for elections.

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  10. Comment on What are the prospects for a smooth change in FG?
    on 14 June 2010 at 5:21 pm

    Guess my hopes for a smooth change are up in smoke at this point.

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