Thursday, 8 April 2010
Your vote doesn't count, so why bother?
The current first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting system creates an environment of safe seats; seats where the incumbent candidate (or party) are practically guaranteed to hold the seat in any election. For example, in the Newcastle upon Tyne Central constituency the Labour MP Jim Cousins has held his seat for the last 23 years. Most people have some idea that this happens, but perhaps don't realise the scope of the effects of FPTP in limiting their choice come election time. Metro have helpfully shown that people's votes simply will not count in up to 400 constituencies this time around. Given that there are 650 constituencies, that is a colossal proportion of voters who are essentially being disenfranchised. So what can you do? Vote for parties and candidates that are absolutely committed to giving us a fairer, proportional system. For the moment, this almost certainly means not voting Tory or Labour!