Hastings International and Comparative Law Review


John A. Zecca


Constitutional debate in the United Kingdom is focusing on whether the electoral system fairly represents the population. This Note examines the unwritten British Constitution that gives politicians complete control over the country's electoral system. The Note argues that political self-interest has led to current first-past-the-post electoral system that ignores the will of a diverse electorate by polarizing government. The Note then examines alternate electoral systems that use proportional representation to ensure the election of third party candidates. The Note concludes by recommending adoption of an electoral system that incorporates diversity while remaining true to the constitutional heritage of the United Kingdom.