Assess the Criticisms of the Various Electoral Systems That Are Used in the Uk?

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Assess the criticisms of the various electoral systems that are used in the UK? Since democracy was first introduced in to UK society we have used FPTP as the voting system for our general elections. However throughout the UK we use many other electoral systems all which have their own all with their own unique problem that could be better suited for use in general elections. FPTP has many critics and one of the main criticisms is that it inaccurately represents the view of the electorate as votes cast are unproportional to votes won. Also it is criticised for the fact the in recent times no government has obtained 50% of the votes cast. Both of these statements are backed up by the result of the 2005 general election where Labour won 35.6% of the votes but 56.1% of the seats. In that same election the Liberal Democrats won 22% of the votes but only 9% of the seats. On top of these criticisms votes for small parties are often wasted. As shown in 2010 where in the general election the Green and other small parties combined achieved 7.9% of the votes but the Green party was the only one of these parties to gain a seat and they only won one seat. This can encourage tactical voting with people voting for parties not that they want to win but for parties they feel will stop the parties they dislike from winning. However there are also positive attributes to the FPTP voting system as it provides a straight forward electoral choice to the voter and is simply just a mark is a box is all that is required to vote for your preferred party. This means the voter are far less likely to be confused or daunted by the prospect of voting. This makes also makes the count easier for a less time consuming. One of the advantages however is that there are clear lines of accuracy making it easy to see who won after the results have been counted in a very simple manner. The system also
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