#059 - THE BENEFITS OF A TWO PARTY SYSTEM
When you have two people running for the position, you get the person wanted by a majority of voters. Or, perhaps, the candidate least despised by a majority of voters.
When you have a small crowd of people running for a position, you get what? Well, it's mathematically possible to get someone favoured by a majority. But what is likely, knowing human nature, is that you get a person who has no similar competition.
Let's say we were voting on blue or green. Let's say in a pre-election poll, 75% of people favour blue. But on the ballot, you find 10 shades of blue, and one green. Well, that gives you, on average, 25% voting green, and 7.5% voting for each of the ten shade of blue. Who wins? Green. What did most people want? Blue. Huh.
This is the reason, the only reason, I favour party politics at the city level. If we had a conservative politician and a liberal politician (and the odd oddball) we could make a decision. Especially as the nomination machination would likely weed out the more fanatical on both sides. But with a dozen or so candidates up for a position, the one with the least direct competition wins. Even if there is a severe minority of support for that candidate's position.
There. That's my foray into local politics. Take it or leave it...
22 September 2010