It's funny how PR's opponents always say that PR leads to these huge powerful coilitions who are difficult to remove, and then two sentences later say
that they prefer FPTP because it produces these strong decisive governments.
For me, the difference is profound. PR produces coalitions that can't be removed by the electoral process - they swallow up all other parties and just keep on and on, election after election. FPTP produces strong governments, yes, but they are utterly at the mercy of the electorate. One of the strengths of FPTP is that it allows the electorate to completely annihilate a goverment through the ballot box if it so wishes - like the tories last time and labour in 1979.
As far as having a weak government goes, yes that would be nice :) But I'd rather have a strong government that governs in a coherent fashion, than a weak one that governs in an incoherent fashion, without a view to the long term.
All very interesting anyway, but I doubt that PR will ever have a chance - the two big parties are completely opposed to it in Westminster, and not without good reason.
Stars, stars! And all eyes else dead coals.
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