10 May 2010
Our System Made It Impossible For Independents To Win
I think this chart shows just how hard it was for independents to win seats - it was difficult to fit it on a chart! In fact in this election, the one after the expenses scandal that was supposed to yield the most independents to clean up politics, actually yielded NONE. That is right diddly squat! Even squeaky clean on expenses Dr Taylor in Wyre Forest lost his seat for Health Concern, Blaunaeu Gwent Independent also lost their seat, as did Respect. Only the Greens bucked the trend. Without the resources and national exposure of the bigger parties, independents find it impossible to win seats. This is yet another reason to ditch first-past-the-post, as if we needed yet another reason.