I suggest this short piece referenced by Owen Jones is worth a watch – even when – or perhaps especially when, it comes from Fox News
America, with it’s disastrous electoral college is in a similar situation to the UK – the voting system is unfit for purpose – allowing the winner to take all.
But people still vote for what is a version of a plague on all your houses. Of course people have now, in all senses got their wish.
This to me, is a failure of politics – I wrote to my MP (without success) to try to persuade him that if the speaker does not call out government lies then that leads to a failure of the political process – and it seems Johnson can lie to his heart’s content without ever being called to account. This is not how democratic states are meant to be run. It is in Johnson’s own phrase, a ‘failure of statecraft’.
Without the electoral college in the US or the ‘First Past the Post’ system in the UK neither Trump nor Johnson would have been elected. Politics would actually have been more responsive to the views of the public.
In the US because, I would like to think at least, that elected Presidents would be aware of the ‘competition’ and the implications, and in the UK because a proportional representation system would much more clearly reflect voter’s desires and preferences.
Indeed I rather like this ‘Don’t let us end up like America’ petition, even though the ‘mother nation’ was arguably at least in part the reason for the way America ended up as it has…
But the voting system is vital and without a properly responsive one politics will fail for voters and be generally disregarded.
The great consequential danger is that the desired changes may be pursued by other means.