Voting at elections varies from 80 per cent at the referendum to just over 30 per cent at local elections.
I suggest this huge difference is due to our ‘First past the Post’ system smuthering different viewpoints.
Examples are easy to find:
1. SMP got 50 per cent of votes but 100 per cent of seats
2. Tories got 25 per cent of electorate = 50 per cent of seats
3. Worthing Council have 90 per cent of seats in the hands of one party
The current system supports a very strange view of democracy. All those who fought so hard to squeeze the vote out of and away from the ‘Establishment’ wanted a ‘by the poeple’ democracy.
Surely its time to modernise our system and make it reflect public views.
St Lawrence Court
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