Our Flawed Electoral System #2

As a follow-up to my last blog, “Our Flawed Electoral System”, I thought I’d point out the approximate percentage spread of votes for the UK General Election 2015. The following figures come from the BBC website (keeping in mind we’re waiting for 40 more seats to be confirmed at the time of writing).

CON 36.4
LAB 30.7
UKIP 12.4
LD 7.8
SNP 5.1
GRN 3.7

So, despite getting only 5.1% of the votes, the SNP will get 56 seats in parliament. On the other hand, UKIP have 12.4% of the votes and will get 1 or 2 seats. The Green Party have 3.7% of the votes, not too far behind the SNP, and will struggle to get one seat. The % difference between Labour and the Tories isn’t very big, but it looks like the Tories will have a majority government.

This underlines how flawed our voting system is.

For the last month we have been told how important it is to vote. If it’s so important, who don’t they switch to a fairer system? Proportional representation is the way to go. If voting is so important then they should put their money where their mouth is and make the change! Every vote should count. Every vote should be equal.

Don’t get me wrong, I despise UKIP, and I’m glad they’re going to be irrelevant during the next political phase. But that’s not the point. Democracy should reflect what the people of the state want.

On another note, David Cameron will be in power for another 5 years (or until Boris Johnson takes over!), which is depressing, especially considering that this time he may not even be tempered by the Liberal Democrats. Expect grey skies and empty bellies for the foreseeable future while his Dave’s upper class friends sip champagne and hunt foxes.

Anyway, mustn’t grumble too much. Things could be a lot worse. Think about (or, even better, donate to) those poor people suffering in Nepal. I’ll leave you with this Billy Bragg song that sums up my mood perfectly right about now.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5xC9nSkZ1ZI

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6 thoughts on “Our Flawed Electoral System #2

  1. Reblogged this on Notes from the north and commented:
    I very much agree that our electoral system is broken. And share concerns about UKIP. I believe that if people voted with their beliefs things would be very different from the types of results certain media outlets are sayng would happen under a PR system (which PR system?) People should be made aware that their votes would count much more, and it may well increase voter turnout also

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  2. Would the main issue (that we have two dominant parties) not remain with PR though?

    Think about how it works on a constituency level. People either want to keep the Tories out, or they want to keep Labour out, as you rightly point out. In some areas they can achieve that by voting LibDem, UKIP, or even the Green Party. If the whole country voted as effectively one big constituency, with no need to vote tactically, wouldn’t that just push more of us into voting for one of the big two?

    I absolutely agree with the aims of proportional representation; but suspect that the support for the minor parties would actually fall under PR, rather than grow. It might take two elections for that to happen, because I could see the Conservatives gaining a huge majority in 2020, as the Anti-Tory vote is split across multiple parties; but after that, the Anti-Tory vote would rally behind whichever party is the most likely to keep them out – i.e. Labour.

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  3. Having 2 dominant parties isn’t an issue at all if that’s how the voting public want things to go. The issue is the fairness of the system.It’s plain to see that the current system is ridiculously unfair.

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