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33 minutes ago, RentingForever said:

I'll just leave this here. "One person one vote" looks a bit hollow today.

 

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So what's new.

In 2005 Tony Blair got over 50% of the seats in the House of Commons with 35.2% of the popular vote

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_2005

May actually got the same share  of the popular vote last night as Thatcher did when she won a landside in 1983.  Corbyn in coming second got nearly 5% more of the vote than Blair did when winning in 2005

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_1983

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_2017

In fact in distributing seats in accordance with the popular vote this must have been one of the most democratic elections in years. Normally FPTP is vastly more unfair. Only 69 seats changed hands last night which is quite a low figure for a UK GE. For example in 2015 the number was 111.

Edited by stormymonday_2011

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FPTP is not perfect but it's an awful lot better than proportional representation which basically makes it impossible for any party to get a majority and encourages all sorts of dodgy dealings in forming coalitions etc. As others have said, Labour have benefited from this in the past just as much... 

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1 hour ago, oatbake said:

FPTP is not perfect but it's an awful lot better than proportional representation which basically makes it impossible for any party to get a majority and encourages all sorts of dodgy dealings in forming coalitions etc. As others have said, Labour have benefited from this in the past just as much... 

Why not have both ?

How about larger constituencies, say 450. Then we all still have an MP to ignore us, but with 650 seats in the house, the other 200 could be dolled out on a PR basis.

A sort of hybrid solution.

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