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Proportion Representation is better than Tactical voting

June 19, 2022 12:37 PM
By Bryan Lewis

On Thursday 23rd June there will be two parliamentary by-elections both resulting from the resignations of disgraced Tory MPs.

148 Tory MPs recently said they have no confidence in the Prime Minister and pollsters have long been unanimous in reporting that a substantial majority of the public want Johnson removed from office. Without a general election the country has no mechanism for achieving this result.

Now the voters in Wakefield in West Yorkshire and in Tiverton and Honiton, in Devon will have their say but our voting system is a problem.

Richard Foord

Lib Dem Richard Foord faces the best chance of overturning the Tory majority in Tiverton and Honiton

For as long as political outcomes are distorted by an antique and unfair first-past-the-post electoral system, voting tactically is the only way to mobilise the anti-Tory majority.

So there is no shame in tactical voting and nation newspapers are urging voters to vote Labour in Wakefield and Liberal Democrats in Tiverton and Honiton. Voters in two very different areas have the opportunity to speak for the country.

A double whammy of byelection defeats will frighten Conservative MPs in red wall seats and those traditionally true blue. A scare, the bigger the better, is exactly what the Tories need before this government slithers into even worse degeneracy.