When a majority government isn’t

The moral of the story is: don’t leave work early.

“It was the first time since 1962 that a majority government has lost votes in the House of Representatives.”


2 thoughts on “When a majority government isn’t

  1. Majority governments? Since 1962? No, no, that can’t be right. After all, Australia uses Alternative Vote….

    (If you can’t trust Niall Ferguson about history, who can you trust? After reading this http://www.blogs.abc.net.au/antonygreen/2011/03/british-historians-condemn-australian-democracy.html I can’t wait to see his proposed Council of Historians http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/09/dont-know-much-about-history/492746/ briefing President Rubio in 2021 on the ominous parallels with the Second Romulan/ Dothraki-Babylonian War of 1837).

    • Tom, don’t be snarky. The historians signing the said letter clearly did so out of a laudable belief that all votes should be equal (“For the first time in centuries, we face the unfair idea that one citizen’s vote might be worth six times that of another”), as well as the equally laudable idea that votes for certain candidates are worthless (“As he [Churchill] argued, AV would mean that elections would be determined by ‘the most worthless votes given for the most worthless candidates’.”).

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