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B1292 - Additional Member System Referendum Bill 2017, TSR Libertarian Party




Additional Member System Referendum Bill 2017

BE IT ENACTED by The Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Commons in this present Parliament assembled, in accordance with the provisions of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

1. Referendum on the Additional Member System

A. A referendum is to be held on the voting system for parliamentary elections.

B. The referendum must be held before 31 October 2018.

C. The referendum is to be held on 3 May 2018 unless before then an order is made under subsection D.

D. If the Minister is satisfied that it is impossible or impracticable for the referendum to be held on 3 May 2018, or that it cannot be conducted properly if held on that day, the Minister may by order appoint a different day as the day on which the referendum is to be held.

E. Where a day is appointed under subsection D, the Minister may by order make supplemental or consequential provision, including provision modifying or amending this Act or another enactment (and, in particular, provision modifying or amending this Act as regards the meaning of “voting area” or “counting officer”).

F. An order under this section may not be made unless a draft of the order has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, each House of Parliament.

G. The question that is to appear on the ballot papers is— “At present, the UK uses the “First Past The Post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the “Additional Member” system be used instead?”

2. Commencement, Short Title, Extent and Conditions

A. This Act extends to the United Kingdom.

B. The provisions of this Act come into force on Royal Assent

C. This Act may be referred to as the Additional Member System Referendum Bill 2017

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The First Past the Post (FPTP) System of election is not fit for purpose.

It's flaws needn't even be listed - vast disproportionality, the phenomena of "safe seats" and "wasted votes" and the increasing polarisation of society.

In 2011, we were given the illusion of a choice - the Alternative Vote (AV) was presented to the people in a referendum; but this system was not radical enough to garner support, the main flaws of FPTP remained.

But, fundamentally, these are not the primary problem of First Past the Post, ardent traditionalists will say that these are necessary in order to achieve the much publicised 'strength' of the First Past the Post system - the idea that it produces strong, majority governments, but even this, is now a lie. The last three U.K. General Elections have seen two hung parliaments and a narrow majority of 12 for David Cameron in 2015; indeed, it has been almost 12 years since we have had a convincing majority government produced by FPTP.

The Additional Member System (AMS) provides a credible alternative. To the avid electoral reformists; it gives proportional representation via the regional list, where every vote counts. And for the traditionalists, it maintains a single member plurality component with the strong constituency link that this entails.

AMS is the perfect hybrid system to cater for all in UK general elections, and this bill legislates for a referendum on the issue, to give the people a true say on electoral reform in our country.



Speakers Note - This bill is based against RL and therefore will have no material impact within the Mhoc. If this bill passes it will be assumed that a referendum is to be held in 2018 and that the ensuing referendum will pass.
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The argument presented is deeply flawed in that it while it declares that FPTP does not provide stable governments because 2 of the last 3 parliaments have been hung (with all three having at least an informal majority) the same results in a system that is supposed to give proportional results would have resulted in minority government in 2015 unless the Lib Dems joined in a coalition again (unlikely), as it would have in 2010 unless the government we did have was propped up by UKIP (doubt the Lib Dems would have liked that), the BNP (liked even less and opposed by the Tories) the SNP or greens (hahahahahah) or a limited number of combinations of even smaller parties that would also be undesirable for quite frankly both parties. Same goes for this year unless we got SNP-Lib Dem-Labour, either way three parties are required for a parliamentary majority. Obviously that all assumes no changes to voting habits.

The wording of the question is also poor, questions should be neutral and the one proposed is not because it has a clear affirmative negative answer rather than two neutral ones.

I shall be abstaining through courtesy if the question isn't fixed.
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Ummmmmm at present the TSR UK uses AMS...
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Ummmmmm at present the TSR UK uses AMS...
Link the Bill please
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Link the Bill please
Found it.

I presume Joe only searched for 'Additional Member System' on Hansard, which comes up with no results. Goes without saying this can be withdrawn.

Edit: Is this a good time to suggest a Great Repeal Bill?
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Link the Bill please
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho....php?t=3437307
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I'm a big fan of the AMS but this bill should lay out how that system would actually function. Personally I support a two chamber system which allows up to also get rid of the HoL with a representative chamber (run as fptp) and the additional member vote for a party based on a fully proportional single constituancy additional member for the second chamber.
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(Original post by Saunders16)
Found it.

I presume Joe only searched for 'Additional Member System' on Hansard, which comes up with no results. Goes without saying this can be withdrawn.

Edit: Is this a good time to suggest a Great Repeal Bill?
I've never been a fan of great repeals personally but it's for you guys to propose and vote on that.

Bill withdrawn.
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(Original post by Saunders16)
Found it.

I presume Joe only searched for 'Additional Member System' on Hansard, which comes up with no results. Goes without saying this can be withdrawn.

Edit: Is this a good time to suggest a Great Repeal Bill?
I've never been a fan of great repeals personally but it's for you guys to propose and vote on that.

Bill withdrawn.
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