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

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

    You explained that perfectly :)

  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    Thanks, Neil :D
  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    This proposal is not about using TETRA technology, Fiona. Not in any way, shape or form.

    It’s about using a small patch of land or renting a space on a mast for independent transmission equipment. Equipment owned and operated by the usual mobile phone companies. This is something that happens already, but not nearly enough, hence the poor coverage in many parts of Argyll & Bute.

  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    The letter I sent to RBS was not about the closure itself, but rather their failure to confirm when, or even whether, the mobile bank would visit Port Ellen. I did so on the basis of feedback I’d received from customers, and also following discussions with local RBS employees. This was reported correctly in the Ileach.

    I think you’d have a valid complaint, Treble T, if the people who put themselves forward for public service made no attempt to respond to the problems raised by local people. Or were unable to demonstrate how they’d tackle the issues we all face.

  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    Airwave has been owned by MacQuarie for some years now, Keith. It’s not clear to me why BT/O2 oversaw only very limited interaction between its mobile telephony division and its Airwave business. I guess it’s a possible feature of being part of a major conglomerate, when different operating units fail to collaborate. But from what I’ve learned there’s a very disappointing amount of infrastructure sharing in general, and I’m not sure that O2 is any better than the others on this measure.

    On spectrum, you are right that this is a consideration. But it’s not an excuse, as the mobile companies themselves agreed in my conversations with them. Especially now that some mobile companies have bought different spectrum lots in last year’s auctions – both 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

    Getting the mobile coverage levels we need is going to take a mix of solutions – and many communities are trying out different methods already (thinking of Tiree and Coll). But to my mind infrastructure sharing is a fast, inexpensive, essential first-step, before we embark on other more elaborate and costly solutions to get the levels of coverage we expect and need. I believe it will give us a major part of the solution, as long as the mobile network operators get serious about infrastructure sharing. As they should, because it’s faster and cheaper than many of the alternatives they’re considering.

powered by SEO Super Comments

Share and Enjoy:
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Google Bookmarks
  • email
  • LinkedIn
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Ma.gnolia
  • NewsVine
  • StumbleUpon
  • SphereIt
  • Reddit
  • Slashdot
  • Print

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.

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

    • 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.

      Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

  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!

    Like or Dislike: Thumb up 0 Thumb down 0

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


All the latest comments (including yours) straight to your mailbox, everyday! Click here to subscribe.