This tactical voting guide published this week in the UK Guardian really represents a depressing indictment on that country’s “democracy”. Unlike here, where we have preference voting and can vote for whichever party we like the most without inadvertently helping the party we like the least, Britons (and Americans, for that matter) have to figure out which party has the best chance of beating the party they most hate in their electorate and then vote for them, whether there’s a better party for them or not.
And they call it “democracy”! Where (due to single member electorates) a party can get many many more votes than another and end up with a fraction of the MPs. Where voters have to change their vote away from their best representative to what they guess might be their best chance of beating the worst. Where they have elections in the middle of the week and (because voting is not compulsory) a third to a half of eligible voters don’t participate.
Let’s hope the Lib Dems win enough seats this weekend to force the old parties to enact reform – particularly preference voting and multi-member electorates.
UPDATE: Early 80s John Cleese on proportional representation for Britain:
ELSEWHERE: Murdoch’s Sun desperately tries to get the Conservatives over the line with the power of breasts (newspaper site NSFW). I suspect the target audience won’t notice the shameless lie on which the appeal is based.