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Old-fashioned voting system is inherently unfair

Published 13/04/2015

We shall shortly be called upon to cast our vote at the forthcoming general election on May 7.

But as we sign away our democratic rights with an "X" (the mark of illiteracy), we may wonder if there's any point, when our Victorian voting system habitually wastes two-thirds of the votes cast and produces a distorted vote with the remainder.

It is, for example, quite possible that the party with the most votes loses the election. This has happened before.

In 1951, the Labour Party won more votes than the Conservatives, but the Conservatives won the election.

In February 1974, the Conservatives won the most votes, but Labour won more seats. It could happen again in the 2015 election.

Our clapped-out voting system can also produce loads of anomalies. For example, in 2010, Ukip alone polled roughly as many votes as the Greens, Plaid Cymru and the Scottish Nationalists combined.

But, while these parties won 10 seats in all, Ukip had nothing to show for nearly one million votes.

This is likely to happen to Ukip again this time; unless they can muster well over 25% of the national poll, the vast majority of Ukip supporters are destined to waste their votes. I believe that our voting system could malfunction on May 7, so I have put together a simple website at to highlight what could go wrong - and what can be done to put things right.


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