My political cartoon is about voting- my key idea- and democracy- my key concept. These link together because a democracy is a government chosen by voting in an election. In a direct democracy, voting is the method by which the population of a country are able to have their say about what they believe in or about what they want for the country.
At the start of this issue, I would have said that voting made a democracy but now I think this might not be the case. For voting to be fair and allow every single person to contribute to how the country is run (as you would expect from a democracy), every single vote needs to count. Unfortunately, I do not believe this is current the case in UK voting.
My political cartoon, therefore, represents my feelings on the current way of voting in the UK: first past the post. In my cartoon, you can clearly see how this way of voting might be unfair. Within each constituency in the UK, different parties are represented by an MP (a member of parliament). There might be one person representing the Labour Party, one representing the Conservative Party, one representing the Liberal Democrats etc.
Many consistencies have one or two MPs who always receive the largest proportion of the votes, and these MPs almost certainly belong to one of the main parties. Through the current method of first past the post, your vote will only count if you vote for the MP who receives the greatest number of votes in your constituency. I have represented this MP as the largest person in my cartoon. Often, there are one or two others who could possibly beat them (represented in my cartoon as medium-sized people) and a few others who will only ever get a small proportion of votes.
I think this is an unfair way of voting because those representing smaller parties can basically never win an election, which is bad for them and for the people who voted them because they are essentially wasting their votes. I wanted other people to know about this because it may make them consider how to use their vote effectively to boost the popularity of smaller parties and to give them more chance to win seats in Parliament.
I decided to call my political carton ‘All or Nothing: The Voting Game’, as I feel that this is a pretty accurate way of describing the way we currently vote in elections…