Two years after strident support for first-past-the-post during the AV referendum, The Sun has finally realised that the voting system is unfair — but only because it hurts UKIP:
“A QUARTER of all Brits will have to vote for UKIP before they get one MP, it has emerged. The anti-EU party will struggle at a General Election because it has no large pockets of support like the three big Westminster parties.”
Citing research from Electoral Calculus, Tom Newton Dunn points out that Nigel Farage’s merry band of foliage impersonators only secure Westminster seats at a tipping point of 24% national vote share.
Contrast this with May 2011 spin on how great the status quo is:
“It’s so simple you can sum it up in one sentence: we all pick our favourite candidate and the one with the most votes wins. Clear and easy to understand — and that’s exactly the way a voting system should be.”
Consistency is clearly not the paper’s strong suit.