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andrewducker

Original post on Dreamwidth - there are comments there.

See, I think most politicians go into politics wanting to help people, and most of those still strongly want to help people throughout their time as MPs. I think it's more what the system does that changes what they do to get that.

Firstly, the broad churches that FPTP creates forces a high level of compromise onto them – in order to get thing X that they want, they have to put up with thing Y that they think is suboptimal or downright negative (but not as negative as they thing X is positive).

Secondly a lot of it is how public perception views them through the way the media shows them. Everyone calls politicians lying bastards. It's 'cause they'll talk round a question and not answer it directly, and try and polish turds. But if they don't do that, when they do go "Yes, it's a turd", we rip them apart for it, therefore there is very little incentive for them to admit that it's a turd. To a degree I do think we get the politicians we deserve...

the broad churches that FPTP creates forces a high level of compromise onto them

Coalition parliaments also find themselves making the same compromises. This can be good, or this can be dysfunctional... and I don't think that depends upon electoral systems, but rather reflects how human behaviour works in aggregate.

-- Steve looks to the Knesset as an example of how this can turn pathelogical even without FPTP.

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