Below is a pictorial representation of the projected share of the vote, based on the latest You Gov polling data for 2nd May (34% Tories [blue], 28% Labour [red], 29% Lib Dems [yellow], 9% others [green]):
Below is a pictorial representation of the number of seats that these percentages would translate into, using the BBC’s seat projector:
That’s 264 Conservative MPs [blue], 267 Labour MPs [red], 90 Liberal Democrat MPs [yellow] and 29 others [green].
Look carefully at those two charts and those two sets of figures.
More British citizens could vote for the Liberal Democrats than for the Labour Party. More British citizens could decide they would rather see Nick Clegg leading the country than Gordon Brown. Yet, when it comes to the translation of votes into seats, the Labour Party could receive almost three times as many seats – all because of the vagaries of our electoral system.
Can you imagine if this were The X-Factor or Britain’s Got Talent?
Would we sit quietly by and accept that we could all cast our votes but the final result could bear no relation to how those votes were cast? Of course not. The switchboards would be jammed. The internet would be crashing. The tabloids would be screaming about fixes and fiddles.
This isn’t The X-Factor. This isn’t Britain’s Got Talent. It’s far more important.
This is the future of our country. Those who are elected will make the laws that determine how we live our lives. Our electoral system fiddles the result.
Isn’t it time we got a little angrier?