Proportional representation and tactical voting

It’s a pity that the country decided not to adopt PR for elections, the principle is good.  It would avoid extreme right- or left-wing governments, which would be healthy.

Under the single transferable vote system, if you vote for a party that comes last, then your vote gets transferred to your second choice and so on.  So in effect the least unpopular party wins.

The good news is that we can apply these principles ourselves anyway.

If our favourite party has little chance where we vote (perhaps came third or fourth last time) then we can simply vote for our second choice instead.  We transfer our vote to our second choice, and so we make it count.

Some have called this tactical voting, but really it’s the same thing.

Let’s give it a go!

About Minimalist Christian

Phil Hemsley is a graduate of the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers in the UK. He works for a multinational company in the power industry, has presented technical papers at international conferences and holds many patents. He has published two books, the most recent is "The Big Picture, an Honest Examination of God Science and Purpose". He has lived on both sides of the faith fence. He is married, with two daughters.
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