I DISAGREE WITH NICK

Over the last few days Nick Clegg has started focusing on the popular vote after the general election, and the fact that it wouldn’t be right to have Brown in Number 10 if Labour is the third party in terms of Popular votes.

Now, I’m not looking to score some cheap party political points over this, nor am I trying to jump to the conclusion that Clegg is getting ready to support Cameron in Number 10. But as someone who is committed to Electoral reform and Proportional Representation I am outraged by these comments. If Nick Clegg is serious about shaking up the rotten First Past the Post system then he needs to act like it, he should know better that there is no accuracy about the popular vote in the First Past The Post system.

First Past The Post encourages voters to tactically vote, it is a rotten system, voters are forced to decide between the top two or in rare cases three candidates in order to see their vote counted (not to mention all the Liberal Democrats Charts which encourages Labour or Conservative voters to vote for them because “only Liberal Democrats can win here.”)

If Nick Clegg is serious about Proportional Representation, he should use this election to show how rotten FPTP is, rather than trying to score cheap party political points, by taking popular vote in the coming election as an accurate reflection of the electorates will, by doing this he is validating the First Past The Post system.

Kaveh Azarhoosh

3 comments:

Andrew said...

Your argument is correct, but if even given tactical voting Labour were to come third in a first past the post system, they would arguably have done even worse in a system where PR reflects more truly public opinion.

I think it is reasonable for Nick Clegg to point out that despite Labour coming third in votes the current electoral system could still put them in the lead on MPs - that would be plain bizarre.

Ta,

Andy.

Kaveh said...

Andy

My argument as someone who is in favored of electoral reform and studies electoral systems is that you can never copy and paste results from one electoral system to another, if the same election was held under PR rather than FPTP undoubtedly there would be different set of numbers.


So no, I dont think he is right to say the current set of numbers of numbers is representative, because in my opinion ( and Mr. Clegg was in this opinion until before the election) there is nothing representative under the FPTP system.

Cheers

Kaveh

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