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The Alternative Vote: A Suitable Alternative to FPTP? (originally posted July '10)

On 5th May 2011, the British electorate will be asked to cast their vote in a referendum on electoral reform. To AV or not to AV – that is the question. 545 more words

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Ill-Thought-Out Health Reforms (originally posted July '10)

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has proposed radical changes to the NHS in a new white paper. All 152 primary care trusts and 10 strategic health authorities are to be replaced by GP commissioning consortia and, for the first time, all NHS contracts will fall under EU competition law. 352 more words

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Deal or No Deal? (originally posted May '10)

So much has transpired since the 6th of May. The non-decisive general election has left us in a bit of a constitutional pickle, with the Tories 7% ahead of Labour in terms of the vote share, but short of enough seats to command a majority in the House of Commons. 495 more words

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Fear and Loathing in the Final Hours (originally posted May '10)

Both fear and loathing – or at least reasonable dislike – are emotional drives which have featured prominently in the general election campaign. Especially in the last few days, Labour and the Conservatives have employed scare tactics to warn voters off voting for the Lib Dems. 487 more words

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They've Had It (originally posted April '10)

Each time Gordon Brown shook his head during last night’s debate was a sign of his utter dismay regarding how things have unravelled for Labour. The economy is his strong issue; he did his best to associate the Conservative party of today with its past failures during times of economic strife in the ’30s, ’80s and ’90s, and ripped into Cameron for his party’s non-progressive inheritance tax plan. 395 more words

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Something Lacking (originally posted April '10)

The election campaigns of the three main parties have been sharply focused on the party leaders – largely due to the live televised debates and the dispute over who would become PM in a hung parliament scenario. 437 more words

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The Unshakeable Clegg Factor (originally posted April '10)

Last night’s debate on Sky News saw the three party leaders battle it out on international affairs for the first half, and general issues for the second. 486 more words

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