NOT a landslide

Getting 44% of the vote in the UK, versus 42% two years ago, and 37% four years ago, is a slow and solid improvement for the Conservatives, NOT a landslide.

Labor went from 30% in 2015 to 40% in 2017 to 32% just now; a serious dip from two years ago but still higher than their total four years ago.

The group that had the greatest increase in the most recent round was the Liberal Democrats, who went from 8% in 2015, to 7% in 2017, to 12% this time. I suspect that a large number of former Labour voters switched to the LDP; many fewer switched to the Tories (aka Conservatives), unlike we read in most of the press.

But the weird plurality voting policies in the UK, called “first past the post,” now mean that the Conservative party has an enormous majority in Parliament and can do almost anything they want to.

Published in: on December 14, 2019 at 3:20 pm  Leave a Comment  

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