For democracy to work, your vote needs to count
PUBLISHED: 13:59 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:59 17 February 2017
With the political landscape more diverse than ever, it’s time to consider electoral reform
Back in the good old days, politics used to be simple. If you worked in a manual job, you voted Labour; if you owned a business or worked in a white-collar job, you voted Conservative.
Of course there were plenty of exceptions, but that was the general rule.
Times have changed, and now we have a multitude of parties representing a whole range of viewpoints.
Yet our first-past-the-post system remains stubbornly in place, meaning people’s votes only count in a few marginal constituencies.
Whatever you think of Ukip and the Green Party, it cannot be fair that they receive so many votes but have only two MPs between them.
Proportional representation (PR) would ensure everyone’s vote counted and that their views were better represented.
The main parties have frequently opposed electoral reform because it would weaken their grip on power.
But if people are denied a voice for too long, we end up with seismic political shocks - the kind we witnessed with Brexit and Donald Trump.
It’s time to consider a change. PR would lead to a better standard of debate, encouraging compromise and gradual progress.
After all, we all want progress – don’t we?
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