I am not a fan of any system …

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

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!

Recent comments by Mairi

  • Galbraith fighting for restitution of local maternity scanning in Argyll and the Isles
    NCH, your cynicism knows no bounds.

    I don’t take orders from anyone, nor react to nods or winks – not that there were any.

    I do what I believe to be right for the area. You do what you can to defend the SNP.
    They’re the ones in power you realise. Not the people you list who held office a generation ago! Your desperate attempts to deflect from the current SNP administration just highlights how badly they’ve managed the NHS locally.

    I’ve read that document you link to; you’ll notice it’s an update, and so there is no commitment to specific locations, no confirmation of agreement with Greater Glasgow & Clyde, detailed planning is still outstanding, approvals and formal sign-off are missing, and as a consequence we still don’t know for sure whether services will restart, in which locations, and when.

  • Galbraith fighting for restitution of local maternity scanning in Argyll and the Isles
    No Cheese Here wrote:
    “Did your Bailie pal help you construct this letter?”

    What makes you think I can’t compose a letter on my own? That is a condescending comment from you NCH. It reveals a lot.

    I highlight a very real failing of the SNP run NHS in Argyll & Bute – and your answer is to attack me, a native of Argyll, keen to do what I can to serve the public and improve our area. Then you want to pin blame on politicians who haven’t been in power for more than seven years.

    And still you defend the SNP government – absolutely – along with their appointees on NHS boards for dismantling our local NHS. It’s pathetic, really. They’re fouling up local services for mums-to-be, and you justify their damaging actions.

    You need to read what I’ve written more carefully. What’s happening right now is costing the tax-payer more than we spent before. Reintroducing local maternity scanning – whether by providing more training to local midwives or sending specialists from Glasgow to local hospitals – is likely to save money.

    It’s also unacceptable that there’s been no communication with local communities about this – no consultation on what the replacement service will be, when it will start… who knows if they will ever deliver on the bland commitments made in 2013 to replace the previous scanning services with something different?

    The lack of local maternity scanning and the silence about its absence are both wholly unacceptable. You should be brave enough to admit it.

  • Galbraith fighting for restitution of local maternity scanning in Argyll and the Isles
    In the world No Cheese Here occupies it’s OK to withdraw services from our hospitals. Seriously, that’s what is being said here. That’s how desperate NCH is to defend the SNP. Any price – including local maternity services – is a price worth paying, according to this independence supporter.

    He or she doesn’t care that Argyll & Bute is the virtually unique in having had all these services withdrawn. Services that exist in the Western Isles – a community with only a third of our population.

    Why is our local Argyll & Bute NHS being dismantled by the SNP?

  • Galbraith fighting for restitution of local maternity scanning in Argyll and the Isles
    This decision to withdraw services was not taken for budgetary reasons. If it was just about the money, the outcome would have been different because the travel and accommodation for hundreds of women costs far more than it would to send a sonographer to each local area.

    As most local people know, this is a well proven model for lots of specialist services in Argyll & Bute ie send the consultant to a clinic in Oban/Campbeltown/Islay etc to see 20 people, rather than all 20 people travel to Glasgow.

  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    Exactly Clootie!

    You explained that perfectly :)

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3 Responses to I am not a fan of any system …

  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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