1019 - The Biggest Team

11th May 2015, 12:00 PM in 2015
The Biggest Team
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Tim 11th May 2015, 12:00 PM edit delete
Tim
Britain's democracy is buggered. I don't think a single "majority" government has ever been elected with an actual majority of the votes, and now due to this brokenness, we're stuck with the Conservatives for another 5 bloody years without even the Lib Dems to hold them back.

In no election since WW2 has a government been elected with 50% of the vote (Anthony Eden and Harold Macmillon came close in 1955 & 59, but still not quite there), so as much as we claim to be democratic, the truth is no Prime Minister can really claim to have the support of the majority of the people, even if they could claim a majority of parliament.

I think it's about time this changed, and my personal preference would be for "Single Transferable Vote", where you rank the party candidates in order of preference - if your first choice doesn't gather enough votes your second choice gets counted, and so on until one party has at least half the remaining votes. Combine that with merged multi-member constituencies, and boom, government becomes more representative of how people actually vote, not just of how many places are 30-40% supportive of a one party.

Sorry to bore everyone with politics, but god fucking damn it, 5 more years of the Tories. Ugh.

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Andrew 12th May 2015, 5:32 PM edit delete reply
I suppose that is one thing America might have over Britain's government.

Mind you, we don't get much done either.
Tim 12th May 2015, 9:31 PM edit delete reply
Tim
But even then, your Electoral College system may well skew the results of the popular vote by hiding the difference in support between candidates.

Not that that makes a huge difference though.