a reply to: doobydoll
Hmmm... You have a point and the political system does need serious reform, but it is hard to argue that the Tory's "didn't win".
They got more of the popular vote than any other party - beating the second placed Labour by over 2 million votes, but owing to the rather squiffy way
seats are divided amongst constituencies of varying sizes (Labour control lots of smaller, urban seats) they couldn't wrestle a majority in the
It is also worth pointing out they got more of the popular vote in 2010 than Labour did in 2005 (36.1% compared to 35.2%) but in 2005 Labour had a
majority of 66, keeping hold of 355 seats, while the Tories in 2010 had no majority with 307 seats.
As for calling the coalition "undemocratic", I'm not so sure. The Libs tempered the Tories on quite a few policy area's and even introduced some
good polices of their own. This is how Parliaments around the world work - especially in Europe. At the end of the day, the combined vote between the
two parties was 59%. The fact they worked together to sort the mess Labour left us in is worth some credit.
I also don't remember anyone saying that the Labour Governments were "undemocratic" when they never polled more the 43% (1997 landslide) of the
electorate, but like I said above, owing to the curious distribution of seats in urban area's and the bloody first past the post system, they ended
up with a majority of hundreds, controlling 2/3rds of Parliament near enough.
What you're describing and complaining about is the peculiar, centuries old systems we have. It isn't fit for purpose and there is so much wrong I
don't know where to begin. For starters, political parties have no place in Parliament - they are not recognised at all - all this "whip"
business is entirely the construct of the parties themselves, for example.
When you vote, you should
be voting for your representative, not a political party, but few people realise this and vote along party lines,
some voting for the same party year on year for the most bizarre of reasons, such as they "always have", or their parents did, etc. You could put a
donkey up in some area's with the right coloured ribbon on and people would vote for it.
At the end of the day, this is a problem of our own making. Most people don't give a toss, most saying politics is "boring" but then moan about
their taxes, for example, as if the two are separate things! If more people voted and if more people took the time to understand the issues and how
the system works, we might actually get a system that represents us properly, not the very distorted system we have right now.
Unfortunately, unless there is changes in the method of voting, how Parliament operates and the uneven constituencies sorted out, we will always have
a problem with Governments the majority didn't vote for.
Quick question - when was the last Government that got more than 50% of the vote (much less 50% of the total electorate when 40% don't bother to
vote)? You may be surprised....