First-past-the-post is not demo­cratic

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - OPINION -

NO one can deny that Ch­eryl Gil­lan has won her place in par­lia­ment: she re­ceived more than half of the votes in the elec­tion.

The gov­ern­ment as a whole, how­ever, re­ceived more than half of the seats in Par­lia­ment with just 37 per cent of the votes.

The new makeup of Che­sham Town Coun­cil is also a cause for con­cern.

The Con­ser­va­tives re­ceived fewer than half of the votes cast, but won three-quar­ters of the seats. This is not good for democ­racy.

Even those who do not want pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion for par­lia­ment must won­der whether we can con­tinue with our first-past-the­p­ost sys­tem for lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

DAVID BLAKE Eskdale Av­enue


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