What if we ran reduced dHondt with a ninety seat Assembly?

All the news with the informal tweeted D’Hondt, along with Brian’s article on local democracy got me thinking what would happen if this election had taken place in the context of 90 MLAs and only 6 ministries being selected under D’Hondt. Hopefully this’ll provide enough intrigue to carry on ’til Monday when the ministers are announced! Before I go on, here is what I had to assume to write this: The 90 MLAs come from the same 18 constituencies, which …

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Education: A Benign Form of Apartheid?

I have to admit it’s not often that I agree with Peter Robinson.  However, his statement that the education system in Northern Ireland is a ‘benign form of apartheid’ is, in my view, somewhat correct.  Where I might differ with Peter Robinson is in his reasons.  It does seem true that a segregated education system reinforces segregation in wider society and because it is good to break down segregation in society, a reasonable place to begin is in education.  Never …

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