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The problem with First Past The Post

The problem with First Past The Post

First Past The Post (FPTP) is Britain's winner-takes-all approach to democracy. One person one vote, most votes win. Simple, sensible and logical. So what's wrong with it then? C.G.P.Grey explains.

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slicksps slicksps (2444 days ago)
Very well made video with a great explanation. It shows how we're technically not in a democracy at all and have no real decision... won't this always be the case? Surely the main parties, with the most power to alter the voting system wouldn't allow completely fairness... they know what would happen!
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Very well made video with a great explanation. It shows how we're technically not in a democracy at all and have no real decision... won't this always be the case? Surely the main parties, with the most power to alter the voting system wouldn't allow completely fairness... they know what would happen!
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Guest: (2444 days ago)
Yes, Italy.
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Yes, Italy.
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Guest: It'sanotheroneofthoseGuests (2411 days ago)
This is certainly an explanation of what happened in America, and probably partly why. But beware the deceptive "it's math!" Britain has a FPTP system which has been going on for some time, and we currently have a third party in a coalition government. We also have other minority parties freely elected to Parliament. It's not inevitable, it's cultural.
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This is certainly an explanation of what happened in America, and probably partly why. But beware the deceptive "it's math!" Britain has a FPTP system which has been going on for some time, and we currently have a third party in a coalition government. We also have other minority parties freely elected to Parliament. It's not inevitable, it's cultural.
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Guest: (2445 days ago)
The assumption is Democracy is about self expression rather than being an instrument to help make people governable.
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The assumption is Democracy is about self expression rather than being an instrument to help make people governable.
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Guest: (2443 days ago)
The video states that fptp can result in a minority rule because the largest vote share is not always a majority. Then it states that fptp always lead to a 2 party system. Contradiction.
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The video states that fptp can result in a minority rule because the largest vote share is not always a majority. Then it states that fptp always lead to a 2 party system. Contradiction.
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Guest: (2443 days ago)
The main problem with PR that the video does not mention is that government works on a local level as well as a national level. If 90% voted labour and 10% bnp across the country then 10% of the constituencies would have to be represented by an radical mp who has a tiny share of the vote. Of course, you can get round this a bit by creating a larger constituency with 10 mps, one being bnp, but then you've just created fptp again on a local level.
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The main problem with PR that the video does not mention is that government works on a local level as well as a national level. If 90% voted labour and 10% bnp across the country then 10% of the constituencies would have to be represented by an radical mp who has a tiny share of the vote. Of course, you can get round this a bit by creating a larger constituency with 10 mps, one being bnp, but then you've just created fptp again on a local level.
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Guest: subchimp (2402 days ago)
Latest comment: The video explains that the voters' preferences haven't actually changed (the majority would still have voted for other parties given the choice) so although 51 percent voted for the winner, only twenty percent actually wanted that candidate.
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Latest comment: The video explains that the voters' preferences haven't actually changed (the majority would still have voted for other parties given the choice) so although 51 percent voted for the winner, only twenty percent actually wanted that candidate.
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