Just how unfair is our voting system?

It is clear beyond doubt that our first-past-the-post voting system disenfranchises millions. The voters know this and that is a significant element in their disaffection with current politics.

For a fascinating view take a look at: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/election/?p=548&cpage=1#comment-35

The graph attached shows that the Northern region is the most severely affected by disproportionality.

If the opportunity arises I am voting for Single Transferable Vote (STV) for preference as it is the most proportional system and the choice of the Electoral Reform Society.

It’s not hard to guess that the two largest parties would prefer the status quo of Alternative Vote (AV) if pressed.

If you look a little further down the article it does get rather technical but one sentence in particular stands out: …the picture of disproportionality painted here becomes very worrying indeed: In 2005 Yorkshire and Wales were dangerously close to not being liberal democracies at all, and other areas in northern England are not very far behind them. In fact, the entire country, save for the South West had an adjusted DV score of over 50 per cent – more than half-way to not being a liberal democracy at all.

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One Response to “Just how unfair is our voting system?”

  1. Roger Says:

    It’s getting scary – because the population can’t see how they are being pulled around by the nose.

    If we’re not a liberal democracy what are we?

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