Despite Appearing to Be Unfair, First Past the Post Produces Strong and Popular Government. Discuss

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Despite appearing to be unfair, First Past the Post produces strong and popular government. Discuss. For democracy, any voting system is vital, as without one, a government could not be elected by the people. The UK uses the most basic electoral systems in the world. First past the post is a plurality system. Each voter gets one vote where they vote for their MP. The winner of a general election is the party who wins the most seats, NOT the party with the most votes. It is usually the case where the party which assumes control do not have the majority of the vote, as seen in the 2005 general election, where Labour got 35.2% of the votes, yet they obtained 55.1% of the seats. Although they got more votes than any other party, only 35.2% of the population actually wanted a Labour government, yet they ended up representing 55.1% of the country in Parliament. No government in recent years has ever been elected after obtaining a majority of the votes; the closest any government has got is 40%. Therefore this shows that First Past the Post doesn’t select a government which is popular with the people as the majority of the people didn’t actually vote for the government they have ended up with. Another, more recent example of this is the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition. The Conservatives got 36.1% of the votes and the Liberal Democrats got 23%. Turnout at the election also wasn’t 100% meaning therefore that less that 30% of the population actually wanted a coalition government. Traditionally, in times of peace, the UK doesn’t like coalition government. Due to the fact that the government was only technically voted for by a small minority of the country, and the public don’t like coalition government, it is evident that due to this, First Past the Post doesn’t produce strong and popular government. The voting system also discriminates against smaller parties, as they don’t
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