'Oh, so that's who Richard Morris is..." Lord Hattersley on The Daily Politics

'An influential activist' - The Guardian

'Iain Dale, without the self loathing' - Matthew Fox in The New Statesman

You are a tinker...' - Tim Farron

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

The Midweek Collection - AN AV REFERENDUM SPECIAL

5 things I’ve discovered written about the AV Referendum that have brightened my week. As always, they’re here because they are interesting, not because I agree with every word…

1. ‘Many Conservatives will be demented with rage if they are defeated in the referendum on electoral reform’ writes Andrew Rawnsley in the Guardian.

Surely that headline alone makes you want to read it…

2. ‘Never has a duller issue caused so many to sound insane with rage’ writes Jackie Ashley

Ms. Ashley stirs the Tory pot….

3. 'A very odd political campaign’ by Bagehot in The Economist.

Bagehot takes a very dim view of both sides campaigning.

4. 'The AV Referendum discredits Referendums’ writes Alex Massie in The Spectator.

Makes Bagehot sound almost positive. Also, surely referenda? I stand to be corrected…

5. 'Digging for Victory'

Help needed for the YES campaign. Go on, you know you want to.




  1. Obviously on the most important issue you raise, here's the OED:

    "Referendums is logically preferable as a plural form meaning ballots on one issue (as a Latin gerund, referendum has no plural). The Latin plural gerundive referenda, meaning things to be referred, necessarily connotes a plurality of issues."

  2. Thank you Meneugh! Good knowledge.