The first-past-the-post voting system in the UK has led to the slow death of a critical political culture. Saying yes in the referendum on a proposed Alternative Voting (AV) system would at least give oxygen to debate.
"Opposition parties participating in the process view boycotting the elections as a strategic mistake. The only way forward for them is to play a better game of chess, making the best strategic use of the limited space available."
India's general election has produced a decisive verdict which sets a new political trend after 20 years. The people have sent the Bharatiya Janata Party [Images] packing and emphatically rejected its politics of exclusion, communal divisiveness and ethnic hatred. The results shatter the BJP's claim to be a 'natural' party of governance on a par with the Congress and the national alternative to it. The difference in the two parties's vote-shares has widened from 4 percentage points to nearly 10 percentage points, putting the Congress in a different league.