Scots are sick of the ‘first-past-the-rotten-finishing-post’ voting system for Westminster MPs

More people in Scotland are unsatisfied with the British political system than in any other part of the UK – reflecting the growing disenchantment of voters in Scotland with Westminster’s ‘first-past-the-rotten-finishing-post’ system.

Only 14% of Scots are satisfied with the UK political system according to a new study, compared to 41% of Londoners who believe the UK’s political system works well, falling to 28% in the Midlands and 23% in Wales and the north of England.

Despite that, the study by the Hansard Society also found that Scots are most knowledgeable about politics and are amongst the most likely to vote.

Mark R. Whittet, leader of Scotland’s Independence Referendum Party, said:

  • “The primary goal – and number one objective in the constitution of Scotland’s Independence Referendum Party –  is to achieve political Independence for Scotland.
  • “We aim to do so by helping to bring about a new/ second Scottish Independence Referendum in light of the entirely-changed political and constitutional landscape following the UK Brexit vote.
  • “We shall do this by providing a meaningful, valid, SECOND choice/ chance to vote for Independence-supporting MSPs in elections to the next Scottish Parliament; ie SNP party members/ voters can vote ‘first’ choice for SNP on the ballot paper, and then vote ‘second’ choice for Scotland’s Independence Referendum Party on the ballot paper.
  • “This gives two choices – and two chances – for votes in favour of Scotland’s Independence (instead of the present 1/ SNP – and reduces the ‘stray’ and use-less ‘second’ vote going to any other British Unionist party.
  • “Despite the use of the word ‘Scottish’ in front of their names, the Liberals, Tories and Labour are all single, British Unionist parties and are all controlled from, and based in, their London head offices.
  • “Scotland’s Independence Referendum Party is not competing with the SNP; rather, we want to work in a progressive alliance with them and other groups that support Scotland’s Independence

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