Scottish football play-off records

As the season draws to a close, teams up and down the country are getting ready with anticipation, or perhaps dread, that their teams will be involved in the SPFL promotion/relegation play-offs. Since the 2005-06 season, teams in what are now the Championship, League One and League Two have been involved in play-offs to decide which teams should move leagues – and in recent years new play-offs have been introduced to include the Premiership and the regional leagues below our senior tiers. Rather incredibly, 36 — Read more →

Excel Webster/Sainte-Laguë Calculator

Download Looking for a D’Hondt calculator? Try here. The Webster/Sainte-Laguë method is used in many electoral systems around the world, most notably in Germany, New Zealand, Norway and Sweden.  But as with most proportional systems, although they produce fairer results they can be very difficult to figure out without some complex calculations. This calculator can help you calculate the number of seats to award by proportional representation for an election using the Webster/Sainte-Laguë method. This method uses the formula: Co-efficient = Votes / ( (2 * Seats — Read more →

2015 General Election Results

Wow.  Elections are always significant for what they mean to a country, but some change the way in which politics is conducted and followed in a country forever and that’s what last night’s result was. When the exit poll flashed up at 10pm absolutely everyone was calling foul.  The Conservatives being 75 seats ahead of Labour was inconceivable to anyone who’d taken even a cursory glance at the figures that the numerous polling organisations had been pumping out on a daily basis for months.  Seeing — Read more →

2015 General Election Predictions

It’s finally election day.  After what has seemed like an interminably long run-up to one of the most unpredictable General Elections in living memory, we are finally on the cusp of finding out who will be elected to Westminster and where the chips will fall for the all-important coalition bargaining to come over the next week. I’ve been following the ups and downs in the polls for a while now, as well as keeping tabs on Lord Ashcroft’s regular polls in the marginal constituencies that — Read more →

Excel D’Hondt Proportional Representation Calculator

Download Looking for a Sainte-Laguë calculator? Try here. Proportional representation is a great thing, because it allows political parties to have a fairer share of seats in a parliament/assembly/council in relation to their share of the vote rather than the rather unfair share of seats usually given by FPTP. The only problem is that it’s often hard to calculate.  The most common form is the D’Hondt method, by which seats are awarded in rounds to the party with the highest votes to seats ratio at the — Read more →