The Motive

General election after general election, the UK government that is formed is not representative of the electorate. At the 2019 general election, 56 % of voters did not vote for a Conservative government, yet they got one. At the 2017 general election, 56 % of voters did not vote for either the Conservatives or the DUP, yet they got a Conservative government propped up by the DUP. At the 2015 general election, 63.1 % of voters did not vote for a Conservative government, yet they got one. The list goes on. And these figures would be higher if tactical voting were factored in. Clearly, the electorate does not choose its government. But then who, or what, does? The answer: the voting system.

At each general election, the electorate, in effect, tells the voting system what it wants. However, what the voting system delivers (in the form of representatives) is a contortion of that. The current voting system is first past the post, and it is the invisible hand that slaps down the vast majority of voters on polling day.

In politics, these ongoing contortions lead to an adversarial culture, and a parliament and government that are unaccountable to the very people they are supposed to serve. In society, these ongoing contortions lead to disillusionment, frustration and fragmentation. The UK is an ambitious and bold nation. Its people are decent, hardworking and forward-thinking. However, general election after general election, the UK electorate is being deprived of the opportunity to choose its own government. This is holding the UK and its people back. The You Choose Party is a means by which the British people can break free from this constraint so that, instead of being enslaved by the system, the system works for them.

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