June 2, 2015 Leave a comment
Further to yesterday’s post on legitimacy, here is an interesting table. It shows the winning party at each General Election since universal suffrage, with the average number of votes per seat.
|General Election||Winner||Votes divided by seats|
I thought that this data would provide an insight into a broken democracy, but now wonder whether my efforts were an exercise in futility. It is an interesting table, largely because (as far as I can discern anyway) it actually proves nothing.
There are no trends, except, perhaps, that we are back to where we were some eighty years ago.
The factors which need to be taken into account are population size, turnout, number of parties standing, as well as the details about seats won.
On the cusp of failure, the Labour party in 1950 has the distinction of the largest number of votes per seat average for the governing party. The other end of the scale are the Conservatives in 1931, for whom their huge tally of 470 seats made their respectable vote look small.