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The PM program [May. 10th, 2010|02:43 pm]
Richard Clegg
I'm trying to work but I'm mainly just pressing refresh on the BBC website to see if we have a government yet. Well the result could have been worse but not much. A Lib-Conservative pact would look like a total disaster to me with eroded Lib Dem support (how many people are already "never lib dem again" even before this), not much chance of any actual electoral reform and a very small number of LD MPs trying to claim they are "influencing" policy. Also is it really likely that any kind of electoral reform bill would get through given I reckon many tories would defy the party whip on such a matter. In a way the nicest possible result would be a minority Tory government which would quickly turn in on itself as the Tory party typical habit of eating its young in times of stress. What are the rest of you hoping/fearing from this?

[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2010-05-10 02:48 pm (UTC)
It's unlikely to be the same as FPTP in a multimember constituency - it certainly takes away problems like the one that happened in Oxford West. If you have 3 seats going then 30% of the vote should definitely get you one of them. I'm sure it _can_ produce massively odd results, but I think you'd have to try harder than you do with FPTP.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2010-05-10 02:53 pm (UTC)
For interest here's the electoral reform "STV" and "AV" versus "FPTP" for this election. Note that AV appears almost indistinguishable to me.

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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2010-05-10 09:57 pm (UTC)
Yeah - AV is a better system than pure FPTP, but doesn't produce as proportional a result as STV, which doesn't produce as proportional a vote as AMS.

I'm (not) looking forward to the debates with ordinary people about this stuff...
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