My political cartoon is about electoral reform- my key idea- and democracy- my key concept. These link together because this issue of BNC has made me consider whether the UK’s current way of voting, known as first past the post, is really truly democratic.
In my cartoon, it is Election Day and people are flooding to their local polling station. Some people are happy and are able to put their voting paper into the ballot box. However, other people are unhappy and have to throw their voting paper in the rubbish bin, just because they didn’t vote for one of the main parties. To me, this represents the UK’s current voting method. In every constituency, one person is elected as MP, usually someone who is a member of one of the main parties (labour or conservative). At the end of the election, the number of elected MPs are counted up and the party who has the most wins the election. Therefore, anyone who does not vote for the winning MP in their constituency has, in effect, wasted their vote and might as well have thrown it away or even not bothered voting at all.
I want people to look at my art and see the UKs voting system for what it really is: potentially unfair and unrepresentative of the population.
I have decided to call my political cartoon ‘Artificial Democracy’ because, in my mind, you cannot have a true democracy without everyone having their say. My opinion is that, at the present time, this is not the case as people might be put off from voting for the things that really matter to them because they feel that, for their vote to count, they must vote for a main party. I think it is incredibly unfair, both for the UK's population and the politicians representing smaller parties such as The Green Party, and wanted to do a piece of art to represent my feelings towards this.