Who’s Afraid of Democracy?


In one of my previous posts, I discussed one case where going with a minority opinion is still considered democratic:

“A large group of friends wants to go out to dinner together.  40% say they don’t care where they go. 40% feel like Italian food. 20% want Chinese food.

Italian it is.”

via Fracking: Let the People Decide Already

However, in the above example, 40% specifically said that they don’t care and will defer to the people that do.

This is not the scenario for the recent British elections where the majority of voters did NOT want David Cameron and the Tories to win and specifically stated this as the case:

Article: Cam again

Capture UK voting results

Results of latest British election

Tony Blair’s last great election victory, in 2005, was achieved with only 35% of the popular vote.

via How British elections work

It doesn’t really make sense for the Prime Minister of a country to represent a minority of the people rather than a majority of the people.  This would mean the actions of the leader of the country could almost always be out of line with what the majority of the public truly wants.

Proportional representation would make a lot more sense.

Capture Proportional representation

What general elections would have looked like under proportional representation

via Square pegs, round hole

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