Author Topic: The Abandonment of Electoral Reform  (Read 1285 times)

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Offline TimG

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Re: The Abandonment of Electoral Reform
« Reply #60 on: February 15, 2017, 11:18:12 am »
Actually, they have exactly the amount of influence that's given to them by the electorate. They're proportionally represented through the number of votes they receive. This is nonsense to say they have more influence. They have the exact same amount of influence as anyone else.
You are ignoring the practical realities of minority parliaments where  the largest parties see themselves as rivals and rarely co-operate. This means the government cannot govern without support of one or more fringe party. This gives the fringe party the ability to extort concessions from the government that most people in the country do not want but are forced to live with because the practical reality of parliament gives them that power. If a party gets 5% of the vote should not be in a position to force an election if the government does not bend to its demands.