Electoral Reform and the Left

Jonathon Hopkins

PR is not a panacea for British democracy, nor for progressive policies in Britain. However, it is hard to see how the UK could have become such a harsh and unequal society as it has in the last quarter of a century without the help of an electoral system which gave hard-line Conservatives almost two decades of untrammeled power, and forced the Labour party into relatively conservative positions in order to defeat them.

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