Wednesday, October 19 2016 at 7:30PM
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Twisted Barrel Ale Brewery and Tap House
Far Gosford Street,
Joe Sousek and Klina Jordan
What's the talk about?
The present parliament is the least representative of the British people of any since women won the vote. Less than a quarter of the electorate voted for the party that now has a majority government, while almost a quarter of voters backed three parties that now share 1.5% of Parliamentary seats. This has not only led to less representative government but - as we will argue - worse government, in which consensus and compromise is substituted for bouts of divisive minority rule.
It doesn't have to be this way. The vast majority of developed democracies around the world use a form of Proportional Representation - meaning that everyone has a vote of equal value, that elected representatives fairly reflect the people, and that majority governments must have majority support.
Make Votes Matter is the democratically-organised, activist-led, cross-party campaign for Proportional Representation in the House of Commons by 2021. Join two of their facilitators - Joe Sousek and Klina Jordan - on 19th October to hear how our primitive electoral system is creating an ever-deeper divide between the government and the governed, what the alternatives are, and what ordinary people across the country are doing to win real democracy.