Category: Politics

Q & A on the Referendum

I had an interesting political discussion last weekend. It was a scene from a Joseph Conrad novel. Three old friends and a stranger sitting in the gathering gloom, sipping cool drinks against the summer’s heat, listening to the narrator spin his tale. My audience divided perfectly: one FPTP diehard, one Pro-Rep supporter and one new…

It’s Too Complicated!

This is one of the most common complaints about the referendum on Proportional Representation. It’s to be expected. However, it is important to note from whom those comments are coming. Are they coming from voters? Yes. And that’s fair; it’s a complicated question. If a voter finds a political concept too complicated, then it’s up…

The Referendum Question

The shoe has dropped; the referendum question is set. (Actually, there was no waiting for the other shoe to drop; it turns out there will be two questions, which could be problematic.) How did they do? The First Question Well, since they took my advice in the first instance, I can’t complain too much. The first…

FPTP: A More Civil War

Here’s a little fable for you. A powerful man was unhappy with the rulers of his country and decided he wanted power for himself. So he gathered together all his supporters and formed them into a tightly knit organization. He fired them up with traditions, objectives, slogans, propaganda and a set of ideals opposed to…