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The introduction of some form of proportional representation would give voters more choice and better representation than first past the post does, discuss.

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Introduction

The introduction of some form of PR would give voters more choice and better representation than FPTP does, discuss. Aim´┐Że Bremner First past the post (FPTP) is the system we in the UK use for our general elections. It is a system that elects the candidate who in the end has the highest number of votes but not necessarily the majority. It can be argued that FPTP is not a democratic system due to the fact that it is not always representative of the majority's choice as shown in the 2005 UK general election when Tony Blair won with merely 40.7% of the vote, not even half of the total votes cast. And now the remaining 59.3% of Britain were not represented. ...read more.

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On the other hand, it can also be argued that FPTP is undemocratic due to the end result being that often millions of votes count for nothing like in the 2001 general election, 56.8% of the countries votes were irrelevant the second Tony Blair won and if a system such as the Single Transferable Vote system (STV) was introduced every single vote would count as the candidates would be ranked in order of preference. You may only write one if you choose, however you are allowed up to four names. No longer would it be only one choice and voters would be able to choose candidates within individual parties making tactical voting less of an occurrence as the system would make it easier for smaller parties and independents to gain power. ...read more.

Conclusion

We can see that this system could work as it is already implemented in both Germany and New Zealand. Therefore AMS would appear to offer the best of both systems- the party voting system and a vote for the individual of their choosing. In conclusion, FPTP currently does not give enough proportional representation to the voters of the UK because usually it does not even represent half of the votes cast, in fact 50% or more of the voters haven't been represented since 1935 which was by Stanley Baldwin and even he barely made it over the mark with 55%. And so to introduce some new form of proportional representation would give voters more choice and better representation than first past the post currently does. ...read more.

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2 Stars - This essay gives a generally competent appraisal of FPTP in comparison to other voting systems - though I think AMS and STV could be exposed to greater scrutiny than this. Also the conclusion is somewhat woolly - terms like proportional and representation are used without their understanding being confidently demonstrated - and the overall arguments against FPTP are weak.

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