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A Brief History of the Relay System

     Griffin Turton devised the Relay System in the summer 2001 as a new electoral system and in May 2004 completed a paper entitled “The Relay System: A New Electoral System for the 21st Century”, which was to be the main body for the website, which was started in June 2004. The paper was subsequently renamed Electoral Reform for the 21st Century after adding a section on University Seats in August 2006 and the site was completely re-designed at the end of that year. As a result of the 2015 General Election the role of the Upper Vote Limit and Additional Seats evolved to enhance the representative nature of the Relay System.

      The son of a pub landlord Griffin Turton is a former Royal Marine and since leaving has worked in the construction, IT and security industries and lives in southern England.

The Relay System: A New Electoral System for the 21st Century

Proposed Weighted Systems
Britain and Canada

Perfect Proportional Representation 123 - Make Every Vote Count Always

Ontario Citizens Assembly Submission 1670 Peoples Representative Voting System

The Seven Cent Solution: Vote Proportional Representation

Direct Party and Representative Voting (DPR)

Other Electoral Links

The Electoral Commission

Voting Systems in the UK

Fair Vote Canada

Fair Vote USA


The Think Tank

This section of the website is to be used to develop ideas and essays other than the Relay System.

A Permanent UN Force

     The UN though far from perfect is presently our only forum through which global problems can be tackled with any chance of co-ordinating the efforts of the global community and therefore is vital to the future of mankind as a whole.
     Unfortunately for many high profile "peace keeping" operations, troops are often deployed on behalf of the UN when there is no peace to be kept because members of the Security Council feel the need to be seen to do something. So they vote for the UN to deploy troops to a trouble spot, but will not allow troops of their own to be deployed as UN troops or allow a peace making mandate for those that are, and then blame the UN when the mission fails because the troops from the poorer countries that do go are without proper training and equipment.
     If each permanent member of the Security Council supplied an independent battalion with attached engineers, logistics and HQ elements, made up of volunteers specifically trained and equipped for UN peacekeeping/making and relief operations, which were available to be rapidly deployed by the UN. The chances of success in these difficult operations would be far greater.
     And if the member country could only withhold it's contingent by voting against the deployment, then the UN would not be landed with impossible missions because a member country on the Security Council wishes to be seen to do something for public consumption at home whilst in fact doing nothing.

Originally written for BBC Have Your Say, last edited in 2003.