THE GUARDIAN: Sapped by Brexit, it’s little wonder we dream of doing a Nick Clegg

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Release date: 22/6/2019

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Rob Ford, Manchester University’s professor of political science, ran the numbers for me. First past the post is a “non-linear” system or, as others might put it, a dazzlingly stupid way to organise a modern democracy. The Liberal Democrats could get 18% of the vote and be stuck with the 12 MPs they have now. They could get 23% and see that number rise to a mere 20 MPs. But hit 25% and they win 100 or more seats, with even more as the vote heads towards 30%, on condition that the Remain camp doesn’t destroy itself.

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TitleSapped by Brexit, it’s little wonder we dream of doing a Nick Clegg
Media name/outletThe Guardian
Media typeWeb
CountryUnited Kingdom
Date22/06/19
DescriptionRob Ford, Manchester University’s professor of political science, ran the numbers for me. First past the post is a “non-linear” system or, as others might put it, a dazzlingly stupid way to organise a modern democracy. The Liberal Democrats could get 18% of the vote and be stuck with the 12 MPs they have now. They could get 23% and see that number rise to a mere 20 MPs. But hit 25% and they win 100 or more seats, with even more as the vote heads towards 30%, on condition that the Remain camp doesn’t destroy itself.
URLhttps://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/jun/22/sapped-by-brexit-little-wonder-we-dream-of-doing-a-nick-clegg
PersonsRobert Ford