Essay Explain Why The Post System Has Rarely Resulted In Coalition Government

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Using your knowledge as well as the passage, explain why the First Past The Post System has rarely resulted in coalition government at Westminster. First Past The Post (FPTP) or Simple plurality is the traditional system of voting in general and local elections in the UK. It is voting systems that enable people to vote through the ballot box in every election which take place in every 5 years. It’s a majoritarian system were the person with the most vote wins all in which it tend to favour larger, more established parties over those who support smaller parties. As a result of this, first past the post has rarely resulted in coalition government at Westminster because first past the post prevent other parties to form coalition government as…show more content…
The government will make their own decision whether other opposition parties disagree with them; the government in power still make their own decision. Example of this is, when after Labour victory in 1997, the New Labour administration established an Independent Commission on Electoral Reform under Lord Jenkins. Lord Jenkins’ recommendation that AV should be introduced for UK general elections after a disappointed that many fellows of Liberal Democrats had. Liberal Democrats felt that STV might be more effective in addressing the flaws in the current FPTP system. Despite of this, Labour decided not to move ahead with the reforms. This shows that first past the post benefits the government in power because the party has majority of the votes in parliament in which makes it difficult for the other party to be heard if they want changes. Furthermore, tactical voting on first past the post encourages voters to vote for a candidate who has a better chance of winning. It prevents the election of a candidate representing the most disliked party. Example for this is in 1997 many Lib Dem and Labour voter tactically voted to get sitting Conservative
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