#16 - Make Votes Matter: Klina Jordan Interview
Updated: Jun 16
How many of you feel it's pointless voting because you know it won't change anything?
All this talk of tactical voting, choosing the least bad option & getting the Tories out doesn't feel like a system in which you get actually have your say. There is a sense it can feel pointless, and absenteeism (people choosing not to vote) is fast becoming one of the biggest political movements.
There's a growing sense of restlessness & disease with the establishment, a feeling that a lot seems to be happening and yet not much seems to be changing.
In the 2015 general election, UKIP received 12.6% of the vote (3,881,099) and the Green Party had 3.8% (1,157,630). Both ended up with 1 seat in parliament. In that same election, the Conservatives registered 3 times UKIP's vote share (36.9%) and do you know how many seats they won? 331.
Whichever side of the political spectrum you are on, it is very clear that the number of votes does not correlate to equal power in parliament - and this is just one of the countless examples where
We need to protect our vote and make have our voices heard.
Klina Jordan is the co-founder & chief executive of Make Votes Matter, a cross-party campaign to replace the voting system in the house of commons from First Past the Post to Proportional Representation.
What is Proportional Representation? It's any voting system that matches the share of the votes with the seats a party attains in parliament. Essentially, it’s about making your vote count.
We talk about many things, including:
our broken voting system
The role of politicians in our current system
The House of Lords
...and so much more!
Klina is an educated person and an eloquent speaker. It was an absolutely pleasure being in their company and I felt that I came away from this conversation so much more informed. I'm sure many of you will feel this too.
Whether you lean right, left, central or are one of a growing number of individuals choosing not to vote - I think we can all agree that we want a fairer running democracy for all.
We recorded this remotely on 26th Jan 2021.
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