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Liberal Democrats for Electoral Reform

  • Article: Jan 11, 2021
    By Andrew Hyett


    So you are thinking about Proportional representation and have discussed it amongst your friends, they all think its a great idea, "BUT", they all say, "look at XXXX country it doesn't work". The truth is it DOES work, most of Europe's governments have a form of PR. The Liberal Democrats are advocates of Proportional Representation and in this regard the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system and we've included here a great little Presentation that pictorially shows how the STV system works to show why and how PR is so important.

    However first let's explain why PR (Proportional Representation) is so important to the UK. At the present time in the UK we have a myriad of different voting systems, the Welsh and Scottish assemblies have a form of PR, while our electoral system for the Westminster Parliament is the First Past the Post system. So England has a different system for its electorate than Wales and Scotland, yet we are all supposed to be one "United Kingdom". Does this sound United to you? Surely if two of our countries have PR then England should as well? We currently have majority governments yet voted in by a minority of the people who voted, that is not democracy. Democracy is derived from two Greek words:-

  • Document: Oct 15, 2020