A guest post by volunteer Amber Greenall-Heffernan
The videobooth gives visitors the chance to feedback on their experience here at the museum, as well as telling us what they think about certain topics. This month’s question for the videobooth was ‘Does ‘First Past the Post’ Produce Fair Election Results?’
‘First Past the Post’ is a voting system used in the UK which, at both a constituency level and national level, means that the candidate or party with the highest amount of votes wins. In most cases, this leads to a single party majority in the House of Commons. However, ‘First Past the Post’ has been criticised as an unfair system. One of our visitors believed that it encourages people to vote tactically, rather than vote for what they really want or lead them not to vote at all, because they think that their vote is worthless.
The general response from our videobooth was that we should use the Proportional Representation system instead. This is a system which makes the seats won proportional to the percentage of votes. One visitor thought that we also should have a less centralised national government, with more devolved powers given to local councils.
What do you think?