Posts Tagged ‘Westminster’

The need for voting reform. The need for democracy.

June 2, 2015

I heard Margaret Becket – that wonderful Labour politician of old, ‘pronouncing’ on democracy, yesterday.
She was replying to some point about how we needed voting reform.
About how unfair it was that UKIP and the greens got a total of 5 million votes but only 2 MP’s between them.
She announced that we “didn’t need voting reform” – that the people had “Spoken!”
Oh no they haven’t, Ms Becket –
= She said that, in 2010, the people wanted a coalition and so they got one.
And that in 2015, they wanted the Tories and so they got them.
NO! They didn’t say that, Ms Becket – 37% of those who voted wanted the Tories – 63% of those who voted DIDN’T want the Tories.
So the people didn’t ask for what they got – the way the votes are counted gave them what the system decided!
The people DID NOT decide.
The voting system we have at the moment gives Politicians what they want – it gives them the final say.
There is no democracy in Britain – democracy only exists in Westminster.
We have a parliamentary democracy – a democracy that is, ultimately, in the control of the Politicians.

Advertisements