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    Quote Originally Posted by four_or_six View Post
    Governments are a lot more stable in countries like Belgium where there's more smaller parties. I think perhaps we should try to emulate Belgian goverment here if at all possible.
    Belgium? Where the Dutch-speaking and French-speaking parties can't agree to pass any legislation, except ones to attack little over 200 women who wear burkas?

    Oh, I get it - irony!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steulen View Post
    You could set a minimum proportion of the vote that you would have to achieve before you are entitled to have MP's. Germany sets it at 5% and this keeps out all of the fringe lunatics.

    In the Netherlands, there's no such threshold and as a result, parties who poll roughly 0.8% of the vote get a seat in the 150-seat Second Chamber. There's some proper lunatics among them, from ultra-orthodox Christians who refuse to allow women to vote to animal-rights activists.
    Yeah I prefer the Dutch way. I don't think political viewpoints should really come into the issue of electoral reform so the fact that I disagree with the BNP (tstl) doesn't really undermine PR in my eyes. It's just about expressing the wishes of the electorate more clearly in government than they are at the moment, whatever those wishes happen to be.
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    To me, the biggest weakness of PR is hilghlighted by the party system in Italy since Mussolini, and in France before de Gaulle....

    But the best way to decide on it would be by referendum. That said, it's probably a waste of energey discussing it here. I'm fairly certain a British public would reject PR, firstly because Brits like their institutions, and Westminster-style democracy is one of them, and secondly, because folks are likely to vote along party lines, and the Tories and Labour are bound to campaign against it.

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    I do not think the British style westminster system is the best or effective at all. And the situation where the party with less popular votes gets into power is more difficult to swallow.

    And India strangely adopted this system from the British.If the British which is a evolved democracy is having problems with that .Imagine this system here In India which is more vaster and very diverse culturally.
    And with a large population beign confined to backward social traditions, There has been emergence of smaller political parties seeking to get as many seats they can get,even one in many cases based on religion,caste, and other identity and popularity politics.Even hardman tactics.

    I know this is the British Politics thread. But since we are discussing the Electoral systems i thought i should get this out .
    I have to say for a big and diverse country like India the U.s system would be way more ideal.
    For Britain i think Proportional representation could work well too.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cevno View Post
    I do not think the British style westminster system is the best or effective at all. And the situation where the party with less popular votes gets into power is more difficult to swallow.

    And India strangely adopted this system from the British.If the British which is a evolved democracy is having problems with that .Imagine this system here In India which is more vaster and very diverse culturally.
    And with a large population beign confined to backward social traditions, There has been emergence of smaller political parties seeking to get as many seats they can get,even one in many cases based on religion,caste, and other identity and popularity politics.Even hardman tactics.

    I know this is the British Politics thread. But since we are discussing the Electoral systems i thought i should get this out .
    I have to say for a big and diverse country like India the U.s system would be way more ideal.
    For Britain i think Proportional representation could work well too.
    Tbh the current system usually prevents this from happening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sledger View Post
    Tbh the current system usually prevents this from happening.
    How?

    One party can have 200 MP's who win by big margins and have more popular vote but another party can have 120 MP's winning by Big margins and 100 Mp's winning by a small margin or against a third party,thus having less of the popular vote.

    A party which has concentrated votes in a region is more likely to get higher number of seats than a party which has more votes but spread over a larger area.This is the biggest problem for me with this system,which gives rise to region based parties,religion based and caste based parties and other parties which have a narrow agenda and not a nationalistic one.

    I know in britain with less number of parties this is less likely to happen,but here in India with smaller parties being so many ,in a triangular or a four way constest in a state one percent of vote can lead to irrational swing of seats.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cevno View Post
    How?

    A party which has concentrated votes in a region is more likely to get higher number of seats than a party which has more votes but spread over a larger area.This is the biggest problem for me with this system,which gives rise to region based parties,religion based and caste based parties and other parties which have a narrow agenda and not a nationalistic one.

    That's the whole point of the British system, your local representative is there to push your area's needs at a national scale. Regional based parties getting in show there is demand in the region for that voice to represent them at the top table. Britain doesn't have any religion/caste (ethnicity/culture i suppose is our equivalent) based parties that are taken seriously by sane people, luckily the, well, ****wits who vote for them are a very small minority.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cevno View Post
    How?

    One party can have 200 MP's who win by big margins and have more popular vote but another party can have 120 MP's winning by Big margins and 100 Mp's winning by a small margin or against a third party,thus having less of the popular vote.

    A party which has concentrated votes in a region is more likely to get higher number of seats than a party which has more votes but spread over a larger area.This is the biggest problem for me with this system,which gives rise to region based parties,religion based and caste based parties and other parties which have a narrow agenda and not a nationalistic one.

    I know in britain with less number of parties this is less likely to happen,but here in India with smaller parties being so many ,in a triangular or a four way constest in a state one percent of vote can lead to irrational swing of seats.
    Well, yes, in theory it is possible. But a quick look through the history of the twentieth century will illustrate that this hardly ever happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeraintIsMyHero View Post
    Cameron will be PM before the night is out, well, inevitable. Am sure most of you are spitting, but after thirteen years of Labour dross it really was time for change.
    Not wrong there.

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    I really do like Cameron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpr View Post
    That's the whole point of the British system, your local representative is there to push your area's needs at a national scale. Regional based parties getting in show there is demand in the region for that voice to represent them at the top table. Britain doesn't have any religion/caste (ethnicity/culture i suppose is our equivalent) based parties that are taken seriously by sane people, luckily the, well, ****wits who vote for them are a very small minority.
    How does that work when your MP is a big hitter in the Cabinet?

    How much time were Darling and Brown supposed to pay to piddling little local issues in their constituencies when they had a country to run?
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