WW archiveIssue 811
01 April 2010
Proportional representation and Brown's opportunist ploy
What sort of electoral system should communists advocate? Moshé Machover - mathematician, lecturer in philosophy and leftwing activist - examines the alternatives to 'first past the post'
In what looked suspiciously like a deathbed conversion, Gordon Brown has pushed through the House of Commons a Constitutional and Governance Bill, one clause of which provides for a referendum on electoral reform, to be held within a year following the forthcoming general election. In the referendum, voters will be asked to decide whether the present plurality procedure (popularly known as ‘first past the post’, or FPTP) for electing the House of Commons would be replaced by the alternative vote (AV) procedure.
April fool; Flawed; Self-critical; Split it up; Juvenile; Heavy-handed; Condescending; Silly; Strategy change; Amok
Eddie Ford warns that the US-Russia agreement on nuclear arms is also about targeting Iran
Tina Becker reports from Hayes and Harlington on the problem of distinguishing candidate from party
Mark Fischer looks at the new project of Lindsey German and John Rees
Pope Benedict XVI claims he is being targeted by a malicious smear campaign. Anne Mc Shane disagrees. The Catholic church is guilty of a criminal cover-up when it comes to child abuse
Peter Manson was at the very modest official launch of the latest halfway house project
CPGB members from Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire are supporting Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition general election candidate Paul Crofts in the Wellingborough and Rushden constituency. Dave Isaacson spoke to him about the campaign
With Tory confusion on the economy, the general election looks to be very close, writes James Turley
Allan Armstrong of the Scottish Socialist Party's international committee replies to Nick Rogers
Robbie Rix is disappointed to have fallen a bit short this month