The four-percent party?
The Green Party of England and Wales gets about 4.0 % of the vote on Facebookâ€™s â€˜standing pollâ€™. Adding the sister parties in Scotland and Northern Ireland does not improve the situation too much.
In the last general election (2005), the Greens got 1.0 % of the vote. One could argue that this should land it 6 members in a 646-seat House of Commons were proportional representation in place, until one notices the usual 5 % threshold as applies in Germany, Aotearoa New Zealand, and Taiwan.
One could further argue that proportional representation will change voter behaviour by defeating the ‘wasted vote’ argument, but I am not sure how far that would carry. By the way, Green Party Taiwan got 0.6 % for party-list ballots in last weekend’s legislative election. And I am glad Clara Rojas is now free; I hope Ãngrid Betancourt will soon follow.
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