Outside the marginals

a commentary on the politics that followed the UK 2010 & 2015 elections

The last shall be first and the first shall be last

Channel 4 News this evening (7:00 19 April) looked at how a poll with Labour last and the Liberals first (see my earlier post) could leave Labour with most seats. They asked the Prime Minster for his reaction:

“It’s illogical, it’s up to the voters to decide”

It’s certainly illogical, but unfortunately it underlines that it is not up to the voters to decide.  We have a lottery voting system and whether you have any role in the decision depends on where you live.  Outside the marginals it is not up to the voters.  Even within the marginals the results depend on how supporters of third (and fourth etc.) parties vote.

It’s worse than a lottery, the balls are loaded and the machine creaks!

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