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AB Editor | 14:19 Thu 04th Feb 2010 | News
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As the Labour government is currently considering making changes to the electoral system we thought we'd ask the AnswerBank users to cast their votes. Which of the most likely options would you support? Each of these options is representative of certain styles of system - so let your vote be broad rather than get caught in the specifics of the various systems (that is what the posts are for afterwards!)
 

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Labour are planning for a possible hung parliament by toading up to the Lib dems. PR is a flawed system but the libdems love it because they do better. Ask yourself this. In the unlikely even the libdems actually one under the current system would they then change it? I think we all know the answer!
Under the present system, only a few votes in a few seats actually makes a difference. At the last election, Labour got 3% more votes than the Tories, but that gave them a 158 majority. Clearly, not very democratic.

I don't really see the point in the Alternative vote. It is a halfway house. I would favour PR even if it meant the BNP would end up with some MPs.
The trouble with PR is that you don't get a government, you get a load of warring factions. Even in the 1997 landslide Labour did not get 50% of the vote. PR is paralysis.
Any political decision affecting the UK should be made up by a team of panellists from Chatterbank - preferably at their most drunk and offensive.
Cheers Booldawg............I've voted.....:-)
R1Geezer

Many countries use PR without it leading to paralysis. The result is often coalitions, but that is not necessarily a bad thing. The desperation of 12 years of Labour (or the 18 years of tyranny before that) would not happen. Coalitions mean Governments have to please two or three sets of voters rather than just their own party.
I quite enjoyed the 18 years of tyranny.....set me up for life.
craft1948

Are you enjoying the 12 desperate years of Labour though?
well I hope we can return to Tyranny soon, this utopian perfection is all a bit much for me!
As I understand it isn't the alternative vote the Tories use to find a leader?
sorry Gromit I had visitors appear. No the pension is not looking so good under this present sad shower..............
"Many countries use PR without it leading to paralysis. The result is often coalitions, but that is not necessarily a bad thing."

I don't know. Coalitions might be nice from a democratic perspective, but they're fragile and they quite often skirt around fundamental issues.

Take Germany's coalition before the last election - because all sides were worried about the coalition falling apart, the major issues were avoided and put off until the next election. So they're not necessarily engines for consensus either. Now, I'm not saying govts need to be doing everything all the time, but I don't think that's healthy.

PR has other undemocratic features as well. If you vote for a party, they're almost certain to end up in coalition with other parties who you didn't vote for and who you might find very distasteful.

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I voted AV because I like the more nuanced level of expression it allows. When you're voting, you're essentially saying "Well, I'd like it to be this guy, but if it can't be him, I'd like it to be him. And if not him, then..." etc. I like the idea of being able to do that. It also has more emphasis on candidates than it does on parties - which I also like the idea of, and has interesting implications for UK democracy. PR systems emphasise parties just as much as FPTP does.
By the way, I feel like I should mention that I literally punched the air and whooped when I saw a story about this on TV and the reporter said 'Alternative Vote System'.
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1997....In Labour's manifesto......PR to be discussed and debated.

2001....Labour landslide.......PR still not debated

2005 Not a Landslide......but a huge majority.

2010......Labour lead lost and Tory lead suggests a "hung Parliament.

Hung Parliament with a Lib Dem support..........Labour back in, albeit with Lib Dem help.

Lib Dem.........ALWAYS supported PR.

12 weeks to go to the election.

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can anyone find a comparison site for what would have happened in the last few elections under PR / AV
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