Winston Churchill on electoral reform

Winston Churchill’s view on first past the post wasn’t exactly complimentary when he spoke in 1909:

Winston ChurchillThe present system has clearly broken down. The results produced are not fair to any party, nor to any section of the community. In many cases they do not secure majority representation, nor do they secure an intelligent representation of minorities. All they secure is fluke representation, freak representation, capricious representation.

Though do remember that by contemporary tabloid newspaper standards Churchill was an army-insulting, anti-Christian foreigner. And that’s without mentioning the drinking or depression…

Hat-tip: John Strafford via Left Foot Forward


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