Tuesday, 23 April 2019
Groundhog reform day is June 4th.
Yes there is to be another States debate on (not) reforming themselves. Given the criticism made by the Commonwealth observers at the last election, it is hard to see how no change can be supported. PPC have a proposal that pretty much meets all the expected international convention criteria. You can see the proposal explained at -voting-reform-cards-again/
I think there is a small wrinkle that can be dealt with in an amendment. As it stands it is possible in these constituencies that none of the representatives lives, works or has any tie to one of the member parishes. Most likely to affect St Mary because of it's small population.
To deal with that I would argue for giving the constables a right of audience (not a vote) in the States Assembly to raise parish specific matters. I would also argue they should have the right to make a proposition but only where requested to do so by a Parish Assembly.
Of course that still leaves a problem that there is no overall Island wide mandate for anyone. No change is going to give everyone what they want. On the plus side, potentially, just nine districts would mean a party or campaign group could realistically aim to have a representative stand in every constituency. We might get some seriously thought out, comprehensive and detailed competing manifestos and programmes for government. Wouldn't that be novel.