To my readers: the ensuing appeal to sign a petition for a fairer electoral system comes from an organisation called Avaaz. I have signed the petition enthusiastically. I hope you will join me.
Many of us have woken up this morning in a state of shock. Opinion polls predicted a very different election result – but the reason the polls misjudged this so severely is because we have an electoral system that simply isn’t fit for purpose.
The first past the post system is designed for two-party politics. But that’s just not our landscape any more. Over 1 million voted for the Green Party and got just one seat, and whether you agree with them or not, UKIP also suffered from this yawning democratic deficit.
With 1 in 3 people not bothering to vote, we need to reconnect politics to the people. Let’s end the era of ‘wasted votes’ and create a system where every voice in Britain matters. Let’s call on all our MPs to fight for an electoral review as soon as parliament reconvenes.
Please sign now: