Monday, 1 June 2015

Daily Telegraph: No, Britain does not want proportional representation

Daily Telegraph: No, Britain does not want proportional representation

Article by Dan Hodges


'The third is the current system guarantees moderate government. Extreme or fringe parties like Ukip or the Greens or the Liberal Democrats have to pass a high electoral threshold to be in a position to get their hands on the levers of government. They may not like it. The electoral reformers may not like it. But the British people value this padlock on extremism and superficiality.

And this is the key to the whole argument. The voters have a clear headed view of electoral reform, and have consistently expressed it. Meanwhile the advocates of reform are still staggering around, slurring on about one more PR campaign for the road.

The current system is broken because it can’t deal with coalitions. No, hang, on forget that. It’s broken because it didn’t deliver a coalition. No wait, wait, it’ll come to me. PR’s good because it will lock in a progressive consensus. Oi, don’t tug at me pal. What I mean is it’s good because it will give Nigel Farage another 80 seats. Solid man Nigel – always stands his round. Oh come on. You haven’t even rung the bell yet. First past the post is bad because it penalises small parties like the SNP. Oops. I mean first past the post is bad because it gives parties like the SNP too much power. Hey, what are you doing? Listen to me, I’m telling you, THEY’RE GOING TO BREAK UP BRITAIN!!! All right. All right. Just let me call a cab first …'

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