IS THIS REALLY THE HOLY GRAIL?

Proportional Representation comes in many different forms, some so arcane that it is a challenge to select one that does not require voters to have a maths degree.

Still, it does mean party size reflects votes received – fine if the Lib Dems with 23% receive 150 seats but not perhaps quite so fine when the BNP fascists with 2% get 13 seats.

However, PR makes it rare for a single party to win an overall majority so we tend to get palmed off with broken promises and shabby deals, not the policies for which we voted.

And PR virtually rules out “sea-change elections” of the kind that swept Attlee to power in 1945 or Thatcher in 1979.

In the end we get stuck with the same set of politicians, the same set of policies, government indistinguishable from the Civil Service and increasingly unresponsive to voters.

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