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"The growth of knowledge depends entirely on disagreement" Karl Popper (1902 - 1994)

Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Election Predictions

Conservatives 35%
Labour 35%
Liberal Democrats 22%

Labour win by a landslide as a result of the distribution of constituencies which ensures that working class votes count more.

It must appear strange to outsiders that a party can command a huge overall majority with little more than a third of votes cast - and with the support of little more than a sixth of the electorate. The first-past-the-post system does NOT of itself produce inequalities on this scale. They are the result of the ludicrous provisions of the Representation of the People Act which entail that consituencies be smaller where there are greater concentrations of population.

If Mugabe could retain his grip on power with such slender support the whole world would be howling about the electoral injustice.

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