There is something dreadfully wrong with the way that the United Kingdom elects its members of Parliament. Every voter is allowed one vote in his or her constituency. The candidate with the most votes wins the seat, even though the opposing candidates may have mustered far more votes. That seems fair enough, until you look into the recent election in detail.
The following table sets out the relationship between votes and seats. It also displayed, quite vividly, the smallest of constituencies in Scotland and Northern Ireland and makes nonsense of the SNP’s claim that Scotland deserves “more clout”.
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