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Democracy in the UK and EU

There are very different perceptions on the level of democracy in the European Union. Any criticism of democracy within the EU should be prefaced with an admission that the UK’s voting system leaves much to be desired. The Conservative Party, with 36.8% of the vote, gained 330 seats in the House of Commons, while Labour, with 30.5% of the vote, gained 232 seats. More remarkably, the Scottish National Party, with 4.7% of the votes, gained 56 seats, while the United Kingdom Independence Party, with 12.7% of the vote, gained a single seat. To put it another way, the SNP won a seat for approximately every 25,972 votes it received, while UKIP gained a single seat from the 3,881,099 votes it received.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/election/2015/results http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_Kingdom_general_election,_2015

There are good arguments for the first-past-the-post system used for general elections in the UK but they are surely outweighed by the manifest unfairness. The problem has always been finding a new, fairer system which retains the best aspects of the old system. Anyone examining the various systems outlined on the Electoral Reform Society’s website will see the difficulties.

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