Electoral Reform in the UK

Let us start with the assumption that the case for reform has been made. Anyone who denies that now can surely only be doing so because they have a vested interest in the status quo. I will leave you, dear reader, to work out who that might be.
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The Rise of Jeremy Corbyn — The Green MP

Apathy has plagued the electorate for decades but, as more and more people are disenfranchised by the degree of unfairness inherent in austerity politics and the rhetoric of career politicians who monopolise the political sphere by shifting policies with the wind, there is an awakening of minds, echoed in calls for voting reform and reform of the House of Lords, indicating a collective want for radical shifts to truly democratic values-led political systems.
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An Argument Against First Past The Post

Naturally any argument for the validity of a new political system, in any age or any circumstance must lay its foundations in the invalidity of the incumbent system. The old adage ‘don’t fix it if it isn’t broken’ springs to mind, and it is glaringly obvious that the system is broken; this last General Election has proved that beyond any doubt.
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Germany in 2017 – Shining Beacon or Fractured Nation?

Germany is a nation of many things, known for its food and culture, its cars and exports and its key role within the European Union. The country is not known however, to be currently able to deal well with rising tensions created by a variety of different sources from outside and within. Apparently they’re not known for having a sense of humor either, which is not entirely true, they do chuckle occasionally when comparing their public healthcare system to that of the US.
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First-Past-the-Post: A Distorted View of Canada

Recently, there was an uproar regarding the Liberals not following through with their campaign promise of Electoral Reform. You may ask, “So what?” Followed by, “Politicians rarely follow through with their campaign promises. And they’ve already broken a few of their promises! He was elected because anything was better than Harper!” or maybe “I’m not from Canada.”
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No More Lame Ducks

Balancing power is a sticky process. You don’t want powerful leaders leading your country, because that’s how you get dictatorships. You also don’t want weak leaders doing it either, because that’s how you get trampled on. Somewhere in the middle is the sweet spot, but few countries have figured out how to do that well.
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