What Has The British Electoral System Ever Done For Us?

by Jonathan Chait | May 4, 2010

Rick Hertzberg notes that if the Liberal Democrats get to hold the balance of power in the U.K. elections, they'll probably demand a referendum for proportional representation:

There are many possibilities. But if you want to know what the Lib Dems really want—their beau ideal, their Holy Grail, their single-payer system—it was explained twenty-seven years ago, by the great John Cleese, in a ten-minute “party political broadcast” he made for the SDP/Liberal Alliance in the 1983 general election.

The video is a fantastic find. If it has whet your appetite for another political polemic from John Cleese, here he is in "Life Of Brian" arguing against Roman occupation, another classic liberal cause:

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