So I did some basic and admittedly crude calculations based on a parliament comprising 650 members. I looked up the results of the 2010 election and calculated what the make up of our parliament would be if we had allocated seats according by PR instead of FPtP.
Here are the results:-
Party Current Seats No of Votes PR Result
- Conservative 307 10,726,614 234
- Labour 258 8,609,527 188
- Lib Dem 57 6,836,824 150
- UKIP 0 919,546 20
- BNP 0 564,331 12
- SNP 6 491,386 11
- Green 1 285,616 7
- Sinn Fein 5 171,942 4
- DUP 8 168,216 4
- Plaid 3 165,394 4
- SDLP 1 110,970 3
- Ulster Unionists 1 102,361 2
- English Dems 0 64, 826 1
- Others (added together) 2 480,000 11 (approx figures)
So as usual the electorate are being stitched up by the Political Class. The only truly democratic system that would give everyone representation is being ignored. At one time it was the cornerstone of every LibDem manifesto and when you see the difference it would make for them one can understand why. Now however, Mr Clegg has had a sniff of power and there is no way that the Tories at Westmonster would agree to PR. We cannot have the electorate being properly represented can we?
Look at the figures in detail....over one and a half MILLION voters put a cross beside UKIP, BNP or English Democrat and didn't get a single seat! Nearly 300,000 voted Green and got Caroline Lucas (one seat). In fact 2.4 MILLION people voted and got Caroline Lucas and one Independent MP. Thie means that 8.75% of the population effectively became disenfranchised under FPtP.
They are even scared that AV may leave a chink open for a right wing 'extremist' (you know someone who doesn't want the EU or mass immigration) but of course Nick Clegg had to half heartedly campaign for a change in the voting system or he would have reneged on everything that he ever stood for before Cameron gave him a key to No 10.
So we have been allowed AV which doesn't begin to address the real problems of our undemocratic voting system. It will be confusing and I believe it could also be corrupted because once people start counting second, third and fourth choices anything can happen.
I don't want either so I won't bother. What's the point?