20 May 2015

Democracy - what democracy?

The Conservatives have a government majority and yet only 24% of the electorate voted for them (36.9% of those who voted). The Green Party got 3.8% of the vote, up from 285,000 votes in 2010 to more than 1.1 million and still only have 1 MP. How can we call this democracy?

Caroline Lucas increased her majority in Brighton Pavilion six-fold.  The Greens came second in Bristol West, Liverpool, Manchester and Sheffield.

It was frustrating for me to be casting my vote in the Cotswold constituency where Penny Burgess got an increased 4.6% of the vote, but I knew that the tory vote would win out.
On 18th May the Greens joined with UKIP in presenting a petition to No. 10 for a 'fairer' system where votes match seats, in an event organised by the Electoral Reform Society and Unlock Democracy. See the Guardian report.|

I have signed a petition for electoral reform and urge everyone to do the same.

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