Its a b###dy mess. Far too complicated for …

Comment posted Ewan Kennedy on the Single Transferable Vote by phill.

Its a b###dy mess. Far too complicated for an important event like local(binding) elections. In this case Donald Melville surely suffered and just seems wrong, and this would doubtless be replicated the length and bredth of the country.
Time to get back to individual councillors for each ward as more folk standing these days due to reasonable salary and expenses. For democracy to be seen to be done it must be understood, and currently its far from that.
I daresay no particular party suffered more than others but thats not to exonerate this daft system.
thanks for your explanation mind you Ewan.

Recent comments by phill

  • More support for Oban Bay Marine and Oban transit marina project
    Agree with you Ian, ‘bad proposals for a good idea’. My own view is the propsed location being not a good idea.
  • More support for Oban Bay Marine and Oban transit marina project
    Absolutely correct Murdoch. i think the lovely view (or proposed loss of) has been vastly overlooked and not appreciated by those behind the marina on that location. There was sand a few years ago imported to the beach, but over a few seasons it all but disappeared, though i feel that a modest springtime top dressing followed by a regular clean would be the answer. I dont see why the marina needs to be right in the middle of town. Many people voiced concern when this was first mooted a few years ago, a concern perhaps taken on board by local councillors, thankfully..
    A similar proposal would be to dig up the Corran Halls gardens and create space for 50 caravans, which also may bring in £1m annually, but i dont think that would go down well either.
    Good luck to the OBM organisation but find somewhere less obtrusive and less congested, and not in your face obliterating the unique view.
  • More support for Oban Bay Marine and Oban transit marina project
    What business?
  • More support for Oban Bay Marine and Oban transit marina project
    The place for this marina is on the other side of the north Pier. Plenty room, unlike the small bay which has been a lovely focal point and well reknowned the world over.
  • Where are the SNP minders in white coats?
    The very same.

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3 Responses to Its a b###dy mess. Far too complicated for …

  1. I am not convinced that this method returns a result a lot more representative of the voters intention than a process in which the electors merely chose three candidates.

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    • Its a b###dy mess. Far too complicated for an important event like local(binding) elections. In this case Donald Melville surely suffered and just seems wrong, and this would doubtless be replicated the length and bredth of the country.
      Time to get back to individual councillors for each ward as more folk standing these days due to reasonable salary and expenses. For democracy to be seen to be done it must be understood, and currently its far from that.
      I daresay no particular party suffered more than others but thats not to exonerate this daft system.
      thanks for your explanation mind you Ewan.

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  2. I am not a fan of any system that is not intelligible to your typical voter. And this one is not. But we’re stuck with it for a while, is my guess.
    For a fantastic explanation you should check out the blog of “Lallands Peat Worrier”. He has produced a really helpful analysis of the Glasgow seats – and this link is an example. The charts are so helpful, and his commentary, albeit from an SNP perspective, interesting.
    http://lallandspeatworrier.blogspot.co.uk/2012/05/craigton-govan-pollokshields-vol-ii-of.html
    He also provided a quasi-academic explanation of the whole STV system prior to the elections here: http://lallandspeatworrier.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/rank-local-election-wonkery-glasgow.html
    Enjoy!

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