Author page: Sean Smyth

On the Buses

Readers of The Social Review living in the Manchester area, or those who have a keen interest in public transport, may have heard that, at long last, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority is set to take control of the buses of the region. This has been rumoured since the creation of the authority and has been even more widely expected since the…

An MP in the family

I am part of a small group of people that you can only get into based on an accident of birth. Am I a member of the Royal Family? No. Instead, I am one of a small number of people whose parent also happens to be an MP. (Though I’m not a member of the Benn family, pictured above.) How many of…

The Socialist Case for Electoral Reform

First Past the Post is an archaic, outdated electoral system that has failed its basic litmus test at two of the last three elections. Its proponents claim that it delivers “strong and stable majority government.” Yet the last three elections have produced two hung parliaments and one majority so meagre it forced the Government back to the polls when it couldn’t pass…