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Dan Snow: AV explained

Dan Snow explains AV: This is the Referendum Broadcast for Tuesday 3 May 2011. Watch this if you’re still undecided!

Voting ‘YES to AV’: some reasons why

On 5 May 2011, voters will be given the opportunity to answer the referendum question: At present, the UK uses the “first past the post” system to elect MPs to the House of Commons. Should the “alternative vote” system be used instead? I am intending to vote YES. Here I describe some of the reasons… (read more)

Kidlington Chess Congress 2011

This is the third year in a row I’ve played at the Kidlington Chess Congress – see my previous posts about 2010 and 2009. Photo courtesy of Sarah Ewart When I arrived, I spoke to one of the organisers who immediately mentioned that they had been wondering whether I was too strong for the Under-145… (read more)

How about a nice game of chess?

I’m experimenting with using Tumblr for blogging etc. so for now I’m going to post links to those articles here too, until I figure out what to do long-term:

Welcoming our new Coalition overlords?

Well, gosh. It’s the ‘Nick and David Show’. I was planning a really long post about the post-election negotiations, but directhex got there first, nicely summing up pretty much everything I was planning to say. Specific points of note: LibDems are in government! This means that some LibDem policies, including voting reform, are on the… (read more)

I Still Agree With Nick, unlike some who clearly changed their minds in the polling booth…

Just a few random thoughts about the election, to get it off my chest… Check out my Twitter feed for other random rants I’ve made during today. Here we go: BAD: Very disappointed to see our (now former) MP Evan Harris unseated, especially by such a narrow margin (fewer than 200 seats). In my opinion… (read more)

I Agree With Nick

More thoughts on the Election, especially given the way that public opinion appears to have changed since my last post on the subject, which was before the first Leaders’ TV Debate. Some say that the increase in backing for the Lib Dems following the Debate reflects a real change in public opinion, others that it’s… (read more)