I have also stopped my flirtation with PR and reverted to my previous lifelong support for FPTP.
The past election delivered a decisive result again, as it usually does. I much prefer that to coalitions.
I like the two party structure and the Flip-Flop decision.
I don't like coalitions and the plethora of small parties.
I don't think we would be better administered by having a raft of minor party MPs in the HOC.
I regret having dallied with this nonsense and repent of it.
Are you... coming back to the Conservative Party?
My concerns over Cameron and the Modernizers are not over. I think Cameron fought a better campaign but was the recipient of an amazing set of propitious circumstances that led to a stunning win, not really of their own making but as collateral to other big events caused by the SNP and the LDs and to a lesser extent UKIP.
I see a continuing need for UKIP and indeed a place for it in certain demographics and as a receptacle for NOTA/Protest. These votes and the UKIP movement can direct that heat to Immigration and Euroscepticism as it has been doing and to even greater effect. Without that grit of UKIP in the Coservative eye, I think Cameron would backtrack to more liberal stances and be more centrist and Europhile.
I was surprised just how pleased I was on the night to see the Conservative outright victory. After two years of hoping for and expounding upon the need for a Labour minority administration so as to maximize the chances for further UKIP advance, I now know that at least half of me would have hated that to happen. I am conflicted as to whether I want UKIP to form into a major party or to see the Conservative Party pushed into a position where I would be happy to be back. It is sounding already more like my sort of party. It has its abrasive edge back now it does not have to team and ladle with LD opinion. I need convincing on ECHR, Green Policies, Foreign Aid, Defence Budgets, EVEL, Barnett Formula, retaining 650 MPs and much tighter Immigration Rules before I shall feel comfortable moving. Not all of those but quite a lot of them! And, I hate 'the Right To Buy' and don't want to see it expanded. I do want more Generating Capacity NOW and No Nuclear, more runways for Heathrow AND Gatwick NOW and total rethink on HSR2. I am difficult to satisfy!
Not sold on the idea for General Elections, though a modified form of it for local elections would be reasonable.
It would not work just doing it over the whole council, that would break the ward link.
But for example in the metropolitan councils, joining two wards together and having 6 councillors elected in each ward by using D'Hondt. And then repeating the process over the whole of the council. So instead of having 20 wards, it would be 10 wards electing by D'Hondt.
Just been having a go at it using the D'Hondt calculator for Salford, using the 2015 local election results, UKIP and the Conservatives would probably get 1 councillor each in most of the wards (and 2 or 3 for the conservatives in their stronger areas). The odd 1 or 2 might go to other parties and the rest would go to labour.
A conservative who has always lived in labour areas.
In order to be in any way proportional, D'Hondt needs larger constituencies. At least 8 members. Look at the constituency results of Spanish elections or the 1996 regional election in Northern Ireland to see what I mean.
Can we please stop referring to D'Hondt as an electoral system.
No, because it is a useful verbal shorthand for "List-based proportional representation with allocation according to D'Hondt divisors".
Anyway, one does not need 8 or more members elected per constituency to be "any way proportional". It only needs 2 or 3 per constituency in order to be significantly more proportional than FPTP. It needs more, if you want more precisely proportional results. It needs a single national constituency (or at least a nationwide top-up allocation) if you want to make it as proportional as possible, and to avoid the possibility in all cases of there being different parties with the plurality of seats and the plurality of votes.
Labour governments are always voted in by empty minds, and voted out by empty pockets
Slightly late to this party but the Lothian & Borders constituency is a very ugly design, with West Lothian having no road connection with the rest of the Mid / East / Borders part of the seat. A sort of "Pentland Banks"?
Strathclyde is fairly awful too but at least it has the Erskine Bridge.