Salmond’s Alba venture exposes Scotland’s voting system flaws (via Politics.co.uk)

On 31 March 2021 I had an article published in Politics.co.uk highlighting the need to replace Scotland’s electoral system with a fairer alternative.

The launch of the Alba party and Alex Salmond’s explicit intention to exploit a loophole in the Additional Member System spurred me on to actually launch Upgrade Holyrood.

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has launched a new party with the intention of forming a  “supermajority” for independence in the Scottish parliament, together with the SNP and the Greens. His Alba party has momentum, but its strategy is to exploit a fault in Scotland’s largely proportional hybrid voting system. Alex Salmond’s latest venture exposes the need for electoral reform at Holyrood.

To someone with a limited knowledge of Scottish politics, Alba may sound like a development that will hurt the SNP in May’s Scottish election. But this is far from the case.

Richard Wood (2021) via Politics.co.uk

Scottish democracy can and must be better. Scotland’s voting system needs an upgrade.

The full article can be read here.

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