Vote for change

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The sys­tem used to elect MSPS has been called into ques­tion by the head of the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment, who ad­mits its “hard to un­der­stand.”

We need an in­de­pen­dent in­ves­ti­ga­tion into how well things have been run, if we are get­ting value for money and if it has been worth it, see­ing how it has been used to di­vide Scot­land. Then we need a vote on shut­ting down the failed ex­per­i­ment.

Mike Low­ery The late, great Don­ald De­war, the ar­chi­tect of the first Scot­land Act, based the Holy­rood vot­ing sys­tem on the Mixed Mem­ber Pro­por­tional elec­toral sys­tem, which re­placed first past the post ( FPTP), and has been used at Gen­eral Elec­tions since 1993.

Sa­muel Cold­stream It had noth­ing to do with De­war, the elec­toral sys­tem ( De Hondt) was de­lib­er­ately

cho­sen by the Scot­tish Con­ven­tion to keep any party – but par­tic­u­larly the SNP – from gain­ing a ma­jor­ity. Thank­fully it didn’t work that way. No­body un­der­stands the thing, it is nei­ther pro­por­tional nor en­tirely FPTP.

Gus­tav Gus­tavs­son I favour Sin­gle Trans­fer­able Vote, STV, as the fairest sys­tem, cer­tainly in ur­ban ar­eas. Af­ter all, Holy­rood chose it for lo­cal elec­tions, why not for them­selves? The ad­van­tages I see are – more ac­cu­rate pro­por­tion­al­ity, and po­ten­tially, a big­ger say for vot­ers as to which can­di­dates get elected, even within a party.


Never mind the vot­ing sys­tem, the vast ma­jor­ity of MSPS are hard to fathom!

Max Mad the Pave­ment War­rior Green MSPS are there hold­ing the bal­ance of power when they’ve not even won the seats. Ac­cord­ing to the wiki ex­pla­na­tion of this overly com­pli­cated sys­tem: “Re­gional party list seats are al­lo­cated to try to make sure each party has as fair a share of seats as is pos­si­ble.” As fair a share? I don’t think that’s what Scot­land’s vot­ers think they’re vot­ing for.

hon­ey­suckle3 Scrap the list MSPS – we want to know who we are vot­ing for, not some per­son se­lected by a party and put at the top of the list.

Aberdeen­shire Why does Scot­land ( pop. 5.5m) need more MSPS than the US ( pop. 265m) has Se­na­tors?

Paul Holy­rood It’s pretty sim­ple and straight­for­ward. Ev­ery pro­por­tional sys­tem has an el­e­ment of am­bi­gu­ity in or­der to make it work but the sim­plest al­ter­na­tive is 1st past the post.

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