Monday, 29 June 2015

FFTP charade needs radical overhaul

Letter to the KM:

Dear Editor,

John Stephens is right to highlight the democratic problems faced in this country, but he underplays the problem somewhat. The issue is that just 24% of the electorate voted for the Conservatives yet the system awarded them over 50% of the seats and the role of government for the next five years. If another country used our system of voting and had this outcome, I feel sure that they would be criticised as lacking democracy.

Our voting system no only allowed the Tory majority with less than a quarter of the electorate supporting them but it gave the SNP 56 seats on 4.7% of the vote and just one each to the Green Party and UKIP with 3.8% and 12.6%.  As 76% of the electorate didn't vote for them, it is clear to me that this government has no mandate for its majority rule.

The 'first past the post' system may have worked in Victorian times but it is no longer fit for purpose and the UK is the only country in Europe to continue with the charade. It is time for a radical overhaul of the farce that passes for democracy in the UK.

Stuart Jeffery
Maidstone Green Party

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