Sunday 10 May 2015

General Election 2015 Reaction #3

So I've said some unkind things about UKIP in the past and, truthfully, I hope to say more unkind things about them in the future.

But despite their best behind-the-scenes efforts to embarrass themselves and everyone who voted for them, they've been pretty much robbed of the opportunity to do it properly by our first-past-the-post system. The BBC & Electoral Reform Society do a back-of-a-napkin run down of how parliament might look with proportional representation.

It's hard not to come to the conclusion that the make-up of Parliament (and the ability of a party to influence decision making) in May 2015 is not enough a reflection of how people voted and too much an artefact of first-past-the-post. UKIP voters and a few others would be justified, I think, for feeling a bit sore.

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