Unfortunately each of us votes with our level of emotional development rather than our cover-story intellect. We only believe what we are ready to handle emotionally a.k.a. “win-win”/”having our cake and eat it too.” So when a party leader presents with spiffy facile answers and image, it trumps the substance and inconvenient truths of the real world when these challenge our ideals. This is where the pollsters read the tide of our emotionally twitching noses. Proportional representation is the critical issue as far as I can see where working together becomes structured as the norm, rather than once again “tentatively” kicking the bums out and the new “bums” having to read the twitches. I urge all who value democracy to pressure their parties to absolutely commit to electoral reform.
Andre C. Piver, MD