Is first-past-the-post fit for purpose?

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Yes. It delivers a clear mandate to govern as it usually results in a single party majority government.
There have only been two non-majorities since World War 2, 1974 and 2010.
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Yes. It provides a clear constituency link to ensure representation on a local level.
High Wycombe Conservatives and Brighton Pavilion Greens.
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Yes (However). It has lasted for a long time and is widely accepted.
The public rejected AV in the 2011 referendum.
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No. It delivers a disproportional result therefore the representative function is limited.
In 2010 the Liberal Democrats won 23% of the vote but only 8% of the seats.
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Yes (However). It allows for a strong government and no system is fully proportional.
In the EU election 1.5 votes were wasted.
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No. It results in a lot of wasted votes, discouraging participation.
15 million wasted votes in 2010.
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No. It discriminates against small parties.
The Conservatives and Labour have been the only parties in government since World War 2.
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Yes. It provides a clear constituency link to ensure representation on a local level.

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High Wycombe Conservatives and Brighton Pavilion Greens.

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Yes (However). It has lasted for a long time and is widely accepted.

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No. It delivers a disproportional result therefore the representative function is limited.

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Yes (However). It allows for a strong government and no system is fully proportional.

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