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How Britain’s archaic voting system is warping its politics

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The UK political system offers voters many choices, but it’s dated method of counting votes, First Past The Post (FPTP) means that in many cases voters only get the illusion of choice, and can actually end up inadvertently voting for something they don’t want. What makes matters worse is that FPTP disproportionately gives one party — the Conservative Party — an advantage over all others. In this article we’ll explore this effect, and in particular how it affected the most recent UK General Election in 2019.

Have your cake and eat none

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In Part 1 we discussed the Towns Fund, a scheme announced by the UK’s Conservative government in 2019 to allocate £3.6 billion to towns across England that need help to develop and implement regeneration plans, to help them catch up with more affluent areas. Despite claims by the government that the fund existed to help the most deprived and left-behind areas, we saw strong evidence to suggest that a different set of criteria were used when choosing which towns to allocate funds to.

The data

But what were those criteria? The government claimed that the…


Looking for political corruption with data science.

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In 2019, the UK’s Conservative government announced a new fund, the Towns Fund, to invest £3.6 billion in 100 towns as part of their plan to ‘level up’ the regions outside of the more prosperous big cities.

The plan was widely criticised in the media for the choice of towns to allocate the funding to. Why were towns like Knowsley overlooked in favour of less deprived areas like Milton Keynes? …

tasmn

UK-based data scientist.

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