Both Nations have unitary authorities and it is clear that Labour are dominant in Wales, although they are thin on the ground in Gwynedd, Ceredigion and Isle of Anglesey and having an MP I’n one and the Tories despite getting a fair bit of support in Parliamentary Election have no councillors in Caerphilly, for example
Last update 4 May 2018.
Such is the nature that the two major UK parties don’t even put up a candidate in most wards in these council’s elections.
Compare this with Scotland where Labour’s gaps are largely due to a tradition of Independent councillors .
Recently there ave been cases of Labour and the Tories in Scotland forming a pact to keep out the SNP as happened in Aberdeen (where they were expelled) and others where there seems to no action taken,.
One argument for the situation in Wales is that whilst it does not reflect the strength of the party at a Parliamentary or Assembly election, it does the reflect the members on the ground.
It was a common practise for the Welsh Tories to select an aspiring candidate from outside Wales in unwinnable seat whose longest span in the constituency and only sent out the free delivery election communication, was election day, where they outvoted Plaid who had people constantly working on the doors,
Under STV parties do not have to select 45 candidates for Aberdeen for instance and concentrate on those parts of the city where they are strong , or rely on UK political “votes” to elect them
Is it possible that some candidates in Scotland won with virtually no campaign.
This could be avoided however if the number of candidate nominations were raised to between 100-200 on the electoral registrar.
Parties largely of course support STV when they are in a minority but when they become the largest party are frustrated that they fail to get overall control.
The only cases in Scotland that are labelled NOC are those run by Independents. .
The Tories for example are the largest party in Dumfries and Galloway
But are kept out of power by a Lab+SNP coalition .
Is this fair?
Short of a additional ballot paper in which voters list their preferred “partnership”
I don’t really see a way round it.
I support STV because I believe it is more democratic; but it would lead my friends in Gwynedd having to put up with Tory councillors.
Is that a price worth paying?