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Election 2015: What Difference Would Proportional Representation Have Made?

Offbeat  (tags: Election 2015, proportional representation, political reform )

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The time has come for real, genuine, radical political reform," Nigel Farage said after losing his bid to take Thanet South from the Conservatives.


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Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday May 9, 2015, 3:16 am
. . . we wouldn't have the government we now have, is the difference.

Animae C (509)
Saturday May 9, 2015, 5:04 am
T.Y. Ray

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Saturday May 9, 2015, 5:59 am
The U.K. are well rid of this obnoxious character - and he can take his sour grapes with him.

Alan Smith (1)
Saturday May 9, 2015, 8:49 am
A lot to parties but would lead to unstable government'.Can't imagine any of this current shower forming a coalition

Birgit W (160)
Saturday May 9, 2015, 1:18 pm

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Sunday May 10, 2015, 7:26 am
Despite my huge dislike of UKIP, I much prefer our proportional representation to the UK first-past-the-post voting system and certainly to the US gerrymandered voting districts, because it gives voters a sense of equality and fairness, of democracy. Because we don't have districts in The Netherlands, we do not have to register to vote either. From the age of 18, you will be sent a voting card from the council you are registered at as a resident. Show up with some identification at the polls and you can vote at any poll in your living area, and nowadays even on train stations in mobile polls.

Other European countries have electoral thresholds of for example 3% (Belgium) or 5% (Germany) to keep the number of parties in parliament down. There's a down-side to proportional representation too. If it takes a large number of parties with which to form a coalition, it may well lead to a coalition that nobody "voted" for or can recognize themselves in. However, it is a signal to the larger parties that they may be out of touch with the complexity and stratification of modern society.

Many may be relieved that UKIP has lost so badly, but it leaves 3.9 million UKIP voters and 1 million Green voters who feel they've been cheated out of representation. Such a large number of disgruntled voters does not a happy electorate make, and Cameron should be keenly aware of that.

Winn Adams (179)
Sunday May 10, 2015, 9:25 am
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