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Old 10th November 2017, 07:44 PM   #25
psionl0
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Originally Posted by Loss Leader View Post
This is only a reasonable system if there are a multiplicity of parties representing all sorts of political demographics. Otherwise, you're just handing a straight majority to one party and a minority to the other. Governments elected in this way should have plurality governments, which promotes inclusivity.
I think you have that backwards. It is FPTP that delivers straight majorities to one party - even when that party gets well below a majority of the vote. It promotes gerrymandering since it is so easy to manipulate boundaries. It also forces a 2 party system on the population since a vote for anybody else is a vote that is "thrown away".

It is only under MMP or multiple member electorates with PR that candidates from smaller parties have a chance to be elected so you can sure that there will be "a multiplicity of parties representing all sorts of political demographics" come election time.
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