For those that care…AV
The potential impact of AV in 1997 and 2005- fundamentally worse than the result under FPTP
Labour: 418, roughly 65%. They won 43% of the popular vote
Conservatives: 165 seats, roughly 25%. They won 30% of the popular vote.
Liberal Democrats: 46 seats, roughly 7%. They won 16 % of the popular vote.
So we can see here how FPTP has given Labour greater power than they perhaps deserved under truly proportional representation. Relying on statistics from http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/8506306.stm :
Results under AV:
Labour: 445 seats, 67%: 20% more than the deserved result
Conservative: 70 seats, 10%: One third of the deserved result
Liberal Democrats: 115 seats, 17%
Clearly under AV, the results are even more unfair, particularly for the Conservatives. This allowed an even stronger, therefore potentially dangerous government.
I’m sure some of you quite like the idea of the Conservatives being obliterated, but just imagine the tables were turned.
Labour: 355 seats, 54%, with 35% of the popular vote
Conservative: 198 seats, 30%, with 34% of the popular vote
Liberal Democrat: 52 seats, 8%, with 22% of the popular vote
Results under AV
Labour: 377 seats, 58% : 20% more than the deserved result
Conservative: 171 seats, 26% : 10% less than the deserved result
Liberal Democrat: 68 seats, 10% : very little difference compared to deserved result
Again, AV further exaggerates supposedly unfair results. Bear in mind, this was an already controversial election.
Clearly in these two examples the election result is more unfair than FPTP actually delivered.