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Americans love winners and losers
Authored by: Wol on Sunday, November 18 2012 @ 10:21 AM EST
What you need is a PR system weighted in favour of large parties. If it seeks to
be truly proportional, you end up with a gridlocked mess like Italy was. If it's
first past the post, you end up with violent swings and idiocies like America
and the US - my favourite example is Maggie's victory in 1983? One of the
*smallest* winning votes in living memory delivered one of the *largest*
majorities.

As I've said before, I'd like to see a bunch of PR seats available, but they
ONLY go to people who came a *close* second in a first-past-the-post contest.
That way, only the major parties stand a real chance, but equally a third party
stands a decent chance of toppling a duopoly. Thus allowing actual movement in
political ideals, not just a sclerotic two-party "just as bad as each
other" system.

And countries with *three* major parties do seem to be fairly well managed ...

Cheers,
Wol

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