In 2015 the General election results gave us the following results using the FPTP system:
Cons 36.9% 330 seats
Lab 30.4% 232 seats
UKIP 12.6% 1 seat
LibDem 7.9% 8 seats
SNP 4.7% 56 seats
If these results were proportional to the popular vote we would have:
When we were given a referendum on the Alternative Vote system in 2011, the result was clear, 2:1 against it.
There was no surprise, as the system proposed was not a true PR system.
The only fair way to make every vote count is to vote for a party, not for a person. However this then makes it difficult to have a local MP who represents the electorate in every case, which is the major plus for FPTP. However people in safe seats will feel that their vote will count, where at present, it does not, for the minorities.
If PR was in now, we would probably have a coalition government which tends to moderate the parties and can be a very good thing to prevent extremes. (Although if that was UKIP/Tory it could be further right than present)
So, does anyone have a really good system which would provide a government based on what we vote for, rather than the terribly unfair FPTP which provided the SNP with 56 times the representation in parliament than the UKIP, whilst having only 37% of the voters that they had?