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Monday, July 4, 2016

Nigel Farage calls for democracy in Britain

Nigel Farage and the UKIP

Democracy - What a Concept

  • The anti-EU and anti-immigration UKIP is calling for real election reform so the will of the people is actually represented in Parliament.
  • Both the U.S. & Britain badly need election reform. The American system is especially bad with only candidates taking millions in special interest money having any chance at winning a seat in our House of Representatives.
  • Proportional representation in its most simple form: if a party gets 30% of the votes they get 30% of the seats in the legislature. The importance of big money is reduced.

(UK Independent)  -  Any snap general election must be conducted under a new proportional voting system to ensure a representative parliament after the EU referendum, Nigel Farage has said.

The Ukip leader is one of a number of signatories of an open letter arguing that the mandate of the current government does not extend to negotiating Britain’s exit from the European Union. 

The letter, organised by campaign group Make Vote Matter, is also signed by Tim Farron of the Liberal Democrats, Natalie Bennett and Caroline Lucas of the Green Party, and Plaid Cymru Westminster leader Hywel Williams.
They say that a newly elected parliament is required to make “fundamental choices” in the aftermath of the referendum result and that it should be constituted according to the votes cast.
Mr Farage told The Independent that it was not sensible for Ukip to be artifically excluded from parliament when it was the only party in Great Britain to actively support the winning side of the referendum.
“Ukip have supported a representative electoral system for many years now. The result of the referendum merely goes to highlight the disconnect between the political parties and the public,” he said.
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron is
another signatory (Getty Images)

Green MP Caroline Lucas also supports the letter (PA)

“Ukip was the only party on mainland Britain to support the winning Leave campaign. The others, nestled in Westminster, Holyrood and Cardiff, campaigned against the people. 
“With a sensible system that actually reflected the wishes of the public, maybe the chaos we are now witnessing within the relict establishment may not have been so devastating.”
The letter notes that during the campaign “senior Conservatives – from David Cameron, to Liam Fox and Iain Duncan Smith – were filled with enthusiasm that this was a democratic process in which every vote matters”.
It continues: “Yet under our antiquated First Past the Post voting system, votes are anything but equal.”
At the last general election Ukip won just one of 650 seats from nearly 13 per cent of the vote. Conversely, the Scottish National Party won 56 MPs on 4.7 per cent of UK vote. 
The Conservatives meanwhile won a majority of more than 50 per cent of seats with support from just 36.8 per cent of electors.
Klina Jordan, co-facilitator at Make Votes Matter, said: “There is a growing realisation amongst ‘leavers’, ‘remainers’ and abstainers that Parliament does not accurately reflect the voters. 
“87% of OECD nations use proportional electoral systems – and proportional systems correlate globally with higher voter turnouts, better gender representation, greater economic equality, faster action to tackle long-term risks like climate change, and more. 
“The time to get rid of our antiquated and unfair electoral system has come.”
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Nigel Farage on Immigration

Please Do Not be Frightened

Americans do not be frightened by all these political parties. In the rest of the world this is called democracy.
The election above for the European Parliament uses a form of proportional representation. When voters know their vote will actually matter they start to vote for new parties. In this case the anti-immigration UKIP kicked the ass of the open borders Conservative Party.
Forms of proportional representation are used all over the world from Japan to Brazil to Israel to Spain and more.  Minority points of view from all parts of society get representation in the legislature. 
The U.S. House of Representatives is badly in need of election reform. In most seats re-election is automatic so politicians have no fear at all of the voters.

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