Broken Britain

April 25, 2010 at 10:23 am (politics) ()

For everyone who didn’t already know, the British political voting system is heavily broken.  Using the BBC’s vote calculator you can see how many seats each party gets given the votes.  So if for example all the 3 main parties are equal:

Then the political may would look like this:

And the final distribution of votes would be:

So with an equal amount of votes,  the Lib Dems get under one third of labours seats and under half of the Tories.  In what world does that make sense?  The Lib Dems and Tories combined in this scenario are still behind Labour, despite having 60% of the vote between them!

This is an absurd situation and strongly justifies proportional representation system, which is advocated by the Lib Dem.  I think this is worth having a hung parliament over.  In fact I think that a hung parliament would be a good thing, but that is a different point…


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