FPTP benefits extremist parties

You might have seen in my linklog that Make My Vote Count is spending this week debunking myths about proportional representation. Today’s is my favourite, Proportional representation helps extremist parties get into power.

It’s a bit of a funny one because this year we saw a clear case of First Past the Post benefiting the BNP in Barking & Dagenham. The BNP came second with 11 seats even though the Conservatives came second in terms of share of the votes.


  1. Damn. I thought this was about how FTP helps extemists getting into power, possibly by hacking servers with it to change vote counts or something. Ah well.