Another Tory Myth Exploaded
This is evident in their long-term hostility to changing the voting system from “First Past the Post” to “Proportional Representation”.
We all know that the Tories don’t want to change the present system because it suits them.
It does not seem to bother them, at all, that your vote only counts if you happen to be a voter that lives in one of the marginal seats where support can swing from one party to another.
Both the New Forest seats are examples of “safe seats” where people generally go out and vote Conservative every General Election – hence we have had Conservative MP’s elected here for the last 200 years (with only one exception, about 100 years ago).
It is frustrating in the extreme if you support Labour, Lib Dem, Green or any other party to find that your vote never, ever changes anything.
The same can be said in “Safe Labour” seats.
When discussing this wth Conservative voters they often privately concede that it isn’t fair, but I have heard them justify it on the basis that “We don’t want to see Coalition governments – because they are weak”.
So, here we are… a General Election result, under a first past the post system, with only voters in 50 or so marginal seats having any real influence… and the outcome is…. the weakest of all governments, propped up by ten Irish MP’s.
The Nation is very badly divided.
I think true leadership would mean changing the law so that we have a fresh General Election under Proportional Representation.
I suspect that this new government, comprising of politicians from more than one party, would negotiate a better deal, knowing it has the support of the people behind it.