Sunday, May 09, 2010

Election maths: N. Ireland

Just to follow up on that last post I thought I'd just flag up what happened in the region that is officially described as Northern Ireland.

So we can see that even in a relatively small region the system acts to favour some parties at the expense of others.

The DUP get the most MPs but did not get the most votes. the Ulster Conservatives and Unionists get more than 100,000 votes yet get no representation at all, while the SDLP who got a little more than them gain three MPs and the Alliance who won less than half their votes do win representation.

This just isn't working for me I'm afraid.

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