How Strong Is The Case For Electoral Reform Essay

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HOW STRONG IS THE CASE FOR ELECTORAL REFORM IN THE UK? In United Kingdom, the electoral system which is used to elect the Member of Parliament to Westminster is called the single member simple plurality system which is also known as ‘FPTP’ system. FPTP system is used to elect the county councils and unitary authorities at local government level. This system has been scrutinised by many political and pressure groups, such as the Liberal Democratic and electoral reforms society. Labour party in their 1997 manifesto, they did mention that they will look into the matter. The prime minister by then Tony Bair asked the help of Lord Jenkins to look the proportional systems which he received back but shelved it. The First Past the Post system is used worldwide and is the second largest voting system in the world. This system has its advantages and disadvantages. The FPTP System elects the candidate who in the end had the most number of votes but not necessarily the majority of votes. This brings the argument that does FPTP a democratic system because it is not always reprehensive of the majority’s choice. Some of the advantages of the system are that it produces clear results and it is easy for votes to operate and understand. Therefore there will be a strong majority government and no weak coalition system. The FPTP system gives hope and strength to small parties because the two big parties’ keeps on dropping votes and many people prefer not to vote at all. For example, in the 2010 elections, Lib Dem got 23% of the votes, 3% less than Labour and just only 13% less than the leaders, which were the Conservatives. This system is against the coalitions because it would be simple for the electors to know whom to blame if things go wrong or to know who to give praise to, if things are changing for a good purpose. There is a possibility that the FPTP System enables the

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