3. Elections

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1&2&3. Evaluate the extent to which First Past the Post produces strong and stable Westminster government (30) and Evaluate the extent to which the advantages of First Past the Post outweigh its disadvantages (30)
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What are the topics?
Tactical Voting; Wasted Votes; Two Party System
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TACTICAL VOTING
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What is the evidence for this?
2017 tactical voting stats
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How many votes in 2017 were reported to be tactical votes and how does this produce a weaker Westminster?
In 2017 election 6.5 million people were reported to have voted tactically the Conservatives could have won a majority if just 0.0016 per cent of voters had chosen differently. But instead May has a government minority of -9 which makes it unstable
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What is the Counterpoint evidence for this?
Compared to a PR system like STV where party's share power such as the 2010 coalition
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How many bills where passed in the coalition government as opposed to the 1997-2001 Blair government?
2010 Coalition saw to it that only 152 bills be passed into law in 5 years but with Blair’s government they were able to pass through 162 bills in 4 years. This shows the weakness of two or more parties having to work together.
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WASTED VOTES
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What is the evidence for this?
Wasted votes in the 2010 and 2015 election and MP winning percentages of 2015
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In the 2010 election how many wasted votes were there?
16 million
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In the 2015 election how many wasted votes were there?
22 million
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What percentage of MP's in the 2015 election won by less than 50% of the votes?
80%
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What is the Counterpoint evidence for this?
Other systems such as MMP are slower in forming a government than FPTP
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In Germany how long did it take a coalition to form and under what electoral system?
2018 - 4 months - MMP system
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TWO PARTY SYSTEM
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What is the evidence for this?
LibDem and UKIP lack of say even though they have alot of the votes
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In the 2005 election what percentage of the votes did LibDem have?
18.3% (Yet they do not get even a little bit of say)
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In the 2015 election how many votes did UKIP have?
4,000,000 (but they only had one seat and no say in UK legislation
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What is the Counterpoint evidence for this?
Smaller parties having alot of power in other countries with PR systems in place (And extremist groups have no say in legislation)
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What party in what country under what electoral system has alot of power even though they are small?
The FDP party - Germany - MMP system
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