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Authored by: mpellatt on Thursday, August 23 2012 @ 08:42 AM EDT
The ability to have hung elections is a *good thing*

I happen to believe that, too. But it is purely a belief thing. It's less than clear whether there is evidence to support it.

As evidence against the assertion, I present Italy. The question there is - Is the country's ungovernability a result of them having something like one new government per year since WW2, or is it simply that their national culture means that ANY democratic system would fail. As evidence for that assertion, I present Mussolini and "the trains running on time".

Here in the UK, a hung election for the first time in generations led to rushed negotiations over the coalition agreement. This meant that a very poorly-thought-out option for a change in the voting system was presented to the electorate. That, and scare stories over the effects of electoral reform, meant that "the opportunity of a generation" was lost. Or maybe not, if the proposed constituency boundary changes don't go through, as seems likely. The fact that half of one party to the coalition thinks that the agreement shouldn't have been made in the first place doesn't help either.

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