I can't find a weblink for it but Lord David Steel was in the Sunday Herald calling for the current electoral system to be scrapped. I for one agree, but not entirely with the model proposed by David.
The Closed Party Lists, surely, has to go. The number of people across the country who are members of political parties is extremely low and such a paltry number of party members determining who makes up the 56 list MSPs cannot continue.
I have a lot of time for the argument that parties merely arrange the lists and the public are free to research the individuals included on it before casting their vote, but this doesn't happen enough in reality for it to be valid. For a start, there are too few parties to have any real 'choice', a luxury that parties were falling over themselves to afford us not so long ago.
And who do List MSPs feel their primary duty is to? The public or their party? There's a clear conflict of interest at play there. A conflict of interest that is somewhat mitigated by a desire in almost all List MSPs to one day win a constituency seat.
The main problem with Closed Party Lists is that the democratic deficit between the public and the power-makers remains too big, not to mention the risk that days before an election the person at a party's top spot is uncovered as an axe-wielding, Nazi-loving paedophile, either forcing supporters of that party to vote for him/her or driving people away from others on that party list who may have been wanted.
So I would personally like to see Open Party Lists whereby we could vote for someone on a party's list regardless of whether they are top, middle or bottom.
The party's votes are still applied in the same way as the current system but the order of the candidates is determined by the order that the public decides democratically.
Another option is Free Party Lists where open season really kicks in. Every voter gets 56 votes for the Regional Vote and we can choose from any individual who has put themselves forward. Carnage I'm sure you agree, but this is already working pretty well in Luxembourg and Switzerland.
Overall though, even if we don't get rid of d'Hondt soon, it's not the worst system in the world with the number of MSPs generally reflecting the share of the vote. On that score at least, it's Westminster that needs to up its game.