Time for Britain to reform its electoral system

The inconclusive election result in Britain and the subsequent horse-trading over the formation of a government have been accompanied by demands for reform of the electoral system.

8th May, 2010

The inconclusive election result in Britain and the subsequent horse-trading over the formation of a government have been accompanied by demands for reform of the electoral system.

The demands have come principally from the Liberal Democrats, whose disappointing performance on election night underlines the unfairness of a system in which nearly a quarter of the vote yields less than 10 per cent of the seats.

Even on its own terms, the British system is unfair. Voters...

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