Huge parts of this country are effectively competition-free zones leaving voters ignored, Electoral Reform Society's Dr Jess Garland writes.
For too long, First Past the Post has skewed our elections beyond recognition, piling up wasted votes and forcing people to make tactical choices at the ballot box, Electoral Reform's Willie Sullivan writes.
The current set-up is no longer fit for purpose. Our divisive voting system creates a one-person-takes-all culture which falls apart when, as we’re increasingly seeing today, there is no clear winner.
Brexit has clarified for many what has been a far longer trend – the fracturing of the two-party system in this country.
The nature of Britain’s voting system means that the winner has pretty much always been one of the Tories and Labour. Uncertainty
It's time to bring how we vote into line with how people want to vote, to give the public a democracy that can reflect all voices, and to make every vote count. It's more clear than ever that voters have changed. Now the system needs to change too.
Our voting system, First Past the Post, creates division and disunity; leaves people unrepresented and politicians unaccountable; and fosters a type of governance which is manipulative, alienating, and spiteful.
How can we arrest this economic and moral decline with an electoral system which gives a vote to anybody and everybody, who happens to be over eighteen years old. The system must reform, we need a complete reappraisal to reflect, as we did in the 1840s, more electoral power for those who create the revenue so disappointingly squandered by a bloated administration.
British democracy is dead, at least in its present form. I don't say this because a rightwing party made a little headway in council elections, but because a democracy in which most people neither participate directly in government nor vote for a representative to participate on their behalf is self-evidently not a democracy.