Sunday, 10 May 2015

The "wrong" result

So the Tories have a won a majority in parliament. That took a lot of people by surprise but of course, not everyone is happy.

The Left are absolutely fuming, crying that the result is undemocratic and demanding the voting system be changed to proportional representation. All this because the Tories ended up with a majority from 36.9% of the vote. To understand their outrage better, I think we need to look this in the context of previous elections. Here's some details of the last four:


In 2001 and 2005, Labour won a majority with fewer votes than the Tories this time around. Remember the outrage and riots back then? Anyone?

If the solution to their problem is PR, they may want to consider this; the most likely outcome in that situation would be a Tory/Ukip coalition. I'm not sure they've thought this one through...