Re: Margaret Thatcher dead at 87
I'm just trying to imagine David Steel working with Michael Foot?
Horses for courses though, take 2005, Labour got less than 3% more of the popular vote than the Conservatives but because of the distribution of constituencies they ended up with almost 10% more seats. I still prefer the UK system to the US one, and I'm still sure I prefer it to AV. If you want a government to really change things (be it Conservatvie or Labour or even the Lib Dems) then they need to have the mandate to do so.
True, as you say any UK party does not need to win 50%+1 of the vote to form a government they just need to win 50%+1 of the seats.
No matter which systesm is used first past the post, AV etc.. each have their pros and cons.
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