The Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill published its findings today. My highlight was the bit on electoral systems. They favour an STV-style system in the style of New South Wales. I’m not a fan of proportional representation, but at least their proposed system allows voters to express a preference for candidates rather than parties if they so wish. Given that the Committee are constrained by the Coalition Agreement, which did say the new Lords would be elected proportionately, I like their reasoning.
Here is yet another excellent article - from The Spectator - outlining the differences between London and the rest of the UK. Its tone is more pejorative towards London than most things on this topic I have shared here, but I still feel many of its points are spot on.
Here is an article from The Guardian by Evan Davis, musing about why there are so many gays in the Conservative Party.
Here is a link to another Evening Standard article, excellently addressing London separatism: "London is a different country — it needs bigger thinking".
Some nitwit (somewhat ad hominem of me, perhaps) in the comments proclaims that ‘London is English’ - a notion which is nonsensical and dying in my opinion.
Speaking of which, I nearly made a post yesterday entitled ‘London versus Scotland: round two’ - round one being a Hugo Rifkind article (viewable for those with a subscription to The Times) - in this post I would have included The Economist's front cover (below) with one of a number of amateur ripostes (also below). The latter is a little illegible, unfortunately, but upon further inspection I realise that it is not in fact having a go at London, but rather taking note of the fact that London will (or perhaps has) come to the resentful realisation that it subsidises the rest of England.
Courtesy of the LSE Government Department’s HotSeat series, here is a video of Professor Tony Travers discussing the 2012 London Mayoral election.
City Population’s List of the Principal Agglomerations of the World is one of my favourite reference resources - and, in my view, the definitive place to go for cities’ populations.
My boyfriend and I went to the Evening Standard's Mayoral Debate on Wednesday. You can watch the whole thing here.
One of the candidates, Brian Paddick I think, criticised Boris for having delegated some of Mayoralty’s policing responsibilities to a Deputy Mayor. (We in London won’t have a Police Commissioner election; the Mayor gets these duties.) As long as a Deputy Mayor for Policing is accountable to the Greater London Authority I’m not too fussed. In fact, I agree with Martin Hoscik who asserts that a well executed and suitably accountable MOPC should be the first step to delivering a Cabinet for London.