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Parliament refurb: AHMM reveals first images of MPs’ temporary home

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Wrecking a grade II* listed building for a glossy answer to a deeply anachronistic brief is hardly the best way to rehouse the Commons, even temporarily. Our current archaic electoral system -- of First Past The Post -- matches the current House of Commons' oppositional layout in terms of spatial psychology (Axiology). Together they inflate the power of major parties of the old duopoly out of proportion to voter representation, suppress minor parties and views, and discourage attempts to reach consensus. The current movement to multi-party politics makes it high time we adopted a fairer and more enlightened system of voter representation, and a correspnding spatial layout to suit negotiations between equals. Proportional Representation by a single transferrable vote ((STV) was first advocated by David Hume centuries ago as an indispensable first step. The semi-circular seating layouts of modern parliamentary assemblies like the European Parliament minimise opposition in the same way as round tables best foster consensus-seeking diplomacy. The current Place of Westminster, made safe, would make a great tourist attraction while Parliament is much better permanently rehoused to match 21st century demands -- whether in London or elsewhere.

Posted date

10 May, 2019

Posted time

1:26 pm

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