13 September 2010

Electoral calculus (EC) has published an excellent analysis of the boundaries part of the Tory Libdem votes bill. It looks at the various impacts of the bill: the effect of the greater equality of electorate size on geographical and constituency and administrative boundaries and the effect of more frequent boundary reviews. As far as I can see there appears to be no significant impact on election results and there will be frequent upheaval for very little gain.

The EC analysis strikes me as a more constructive and persuasive way of scrutinising the bill than the nationalist and isolationist approach of Cornwall unica sejugataque. The bill affects other areas too and a good general case can be made which embraces Cornwall and those other places.

I think the constant upheaval in constituency boundaries that will result from the bill, along with the confusing and changing mess of different administrative boundaries for various administrative purposes, is counterproductive, damaging of democratic engagement and accountability, and not worth the little gain of greater equality of constituency electorates. With 3.5 million people, predominantly the disadvantaged, believed not to be registered, even that gain has to be hedged; the best we can talk of is greater equality of the constituency electorates according to the published electoral registers.

Do read the EC analysis and – this is me, not EC – remember that this boundaries part of the bill is an example of largely Libdem thinking with Tory agreement. Aren’t we lucky to have them in charge.

Electoral calculus will look at the voting system proposals of the bill in a later analysis.

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