Outside the marginals

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

Non Marginality Comments

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On BBC “Have Your Say” What has this Parliament meant to you? 11:35 07 April 2010

The Electoral system needs a massive overhaul as the majority of people in the uk are completely disillusioned with politics. The voting system means that at least 80% of voters vote don’t really matter, as it is a forgone conclusion which party will win the seat in at least 400 constituencies. …


On Guardian.co.uk “Comment is Free” Election 2010: Life outside the marginals 12.50 07 April 2010

While some seats see a full-on charm campaign, 25 million other voters are the Great Ignored, thanks to our voting system …


Jeremy Rowe “Men in Suits” Why everyone’s vote should count 11 Feb 2010

It seems strange that anyone should have to write a post explaining why, in a democracy, everyone’s vote should count, … In the coming election the main parties will be fighting over around 150 seats which may actually change hands, and within those marginal constituencies they will target a relatively small percentage of swing voters.


On BBC North “News Website”, North East ‘has more than 70% safe seats’ 11 April 2010

The North East of England will be “easily the most boring region” in the coming election, it has been claimed.

More than 70% of the region’s seats are safe, according to the Electoral Reform Society …

Cambridgeshire, North Humberside and Northumberland have literally no competitive elections …


BBC News website Winning elections without a majority 26 April 2010 12:02

The electoral system means that opinion polls that aim to reflect percentage support throughout the country may be misleading, because what matters is not the total proportion of votes won but the amount of concentrated support that wins seats.


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