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The million pound MP

December 3rd, 2010 · Posted by Skuds in Uncategorized · No Comments · Uncategorized

I was slightly amused to read about the man being called Britain’s first million pound MP, so called because the Tories spent £1.3million on the election in Scotland where they only won a single seat.

The SNP spent £315k and won 6 seats and the Lib Dems spent £470k and won 11 seats, and here is where the funny part comes along.  The Tories say that they actually got nearly as many votes as the SNP and Lib Dems, but that just didn’t translate to seats because:

Everyone recognises that we ran a good campaign but the votes didn’t all fall in the right places

Yes it is unfair and I can feel their pain.  If only there was some sort of system where the results were proportionate to the votes…

Mind you, I don’t see them complaining that their <40% of the votes in England got them >55% of the seats.

I look forward to their attempts to find a system that removes the unfair disadvantage they have in some areas without affecting the unfair advantage they have in others.  Oh hang on – they already worked that out didn’t they?  What else is their plan to ‘equalise’ constituencies and re-draw the boundaries without scrutiny but a piece of blatant gerrymandering?


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