Terence Bunch

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The campaigners gather outside the British Parliament building to make calls for the emergence of the Proportional Representation electoral system otherwise known as PR. England continues to use the first past the post system (FPTP) and is one of just a few nations to continue to do so. FPTP is predominantly used by nations using the British Parliamentary system but has progressively fallen into disuse as other nations have adopted PR, including Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Under PR, both the Conservative and Labour parties would lose seats in equal measure if the 2010 General Election were staged again, the Liberal Democrat party would gain very substantially and the smaller parties would all mostly gain marginally. London. 15th May 2010. All pictures © Terence Bunch.

Proportional Representation Voting Reform Campaign. London. 15th May 2010.

By Published Last Edited 2010-05-15 00:00:00

A week after a coalition Government forms in the UK, and the incumbent and highly controversial Labour Government are retired to opposition, campaigners for reform of the British electoral system gather in London to call for a system of Proportional Representation (PR).

The campaign is first evidence of popular recognizance that the British electoral system has the capacity to return excessive representation of one political party also known as Colossus Government, much to the detriment of the domestic and international welfare of the nation.

In the last thirty years, the United Kingdom has returned landslide victories for both the Conservative and Labour Governments. In 1979, the Conservative Government won a landslide victory invoking unmitigated deregulation and freedom of capital-markets and privatisation of the UK internal domestic infrastructure which sparked chronic social upheaval and severe disenchantment characterised by city-wide rioting over much of the UK.

The Conservative Government later collapsed in a fit of unpopularity. In 1997, Britain saw the emergence of a Labour landslide and the invokation of so-called New-Labour, a political movement that saw Britain subscibed to a murderous war involving chronic human rights abuses and major international loss of life and, at its end, finished with one of the most severe domestic financial collapses experienced in the United Kingdoms history.

The campaigners gather under the colour purple (meaning dignity), significant in the United Kingdom for its association with the suffrage movement which fought, and won, political representation for women in the United Kingdom.

London. 15th May 2010.

A campaigner waves a Union flag re-coloured a shade of purple. The flag is decorated with the motif of the Take Back Parliament group. An online website campaigning for reform of the British electoral system. In late 2009, political scientists and commentators speculated that the British labour Party should take up the cause of a referendum on PR in order to fight off the potential loss of as many as 70 seats that would occur in the event of a Conservative victory at the election of 2010. The threat was defined as Conservative pledges to cut seats by around 10%, mostly in Labour strongholds, Scottish independence resulting in the complete loss of all Labour seats in Scotland and new political party funding rules, at a time when the Labour party are already near bankruptcy.

A campaigner waves a Union flag re-coloured a shade of purple. The flag is decorated with the motif of the Take Back Parliament group. An online website campaigning for reform of the British electoral system. In late 2009, political scientists and commentators speculated that the British labour Party should take up the cause of a referendum on PR in order to fight off the potential loss of as many as 70 seats that would occur in the event of a Conservative victory at the election of 2010. The threat was defined as Conservative pledges to cut seats by around 10%, mostly in Labour strongholds, Scottish independence resulting in the complete loss of all Labour seats in Scotland and new political party funding rules, at a time when the Labour party are already near bankruptcy.

After listening to speeches the campaigners march off toward Downing Street to hand in a petition to the newly formed coalition Government demanding PR. The campaigners march to the sound of a Samba band and at one point are led by anarchists bearing a red and black flag.

After listening to speeches the campaigners march off toward Downing Street to hand in a petition to the newly formed coalition Government demanding PR. The campaigners march to the sound of a Samba band and at one point are led by anarchists bearing a red and black flag.

On the way, campaigners tie purple ribbons to the gates of parliament in a symbolic gesture to the house from which British Governments conduct their business. Many of the smaller political parties which have seats inside Parliament are already elected using PR, even so, a number of them continue to refuse to take up their seats including the left-leaning Sinn Fein.

On the way, campaigners tie purple ribbons to the gates of parliament in a symbolic gesture to the house from which British Governments conduct their business. Many of the smaller political parties which have seats inside Parliament are already elected using PR, even so, a number of them continue to refuse to take up their seats including the left-leaning Sinn Fein.

They pass into Whitehall.

They pass into Whitehall.

The campaigners arrive at Downing Street a short while later.

The campaigners arrive at Downing Street a short while later.

In recent weeks, media figures in the UK have speculated that the newly formed purple movement has its roots within the political left, while some purple campaigners are undoubtedly left-leaning and socialist in orientation, they appear to be mostly homeless political migrants and more politically opportunistic in nature. Just a few days after the election results confirmed that Labour could not form any type of Government, purple campaigners gathered outside Liberal Democrat HQ, among them left-wing Labour supporters attempting to affiliate themsleves with PR for the first time.

In recent weeks, media figures in the UK have speculated that the newly formed purple movement has its roots within the political left, while some purple campaigners are undoubtedly left-leaning and socialist in orientation, they appear to be mostly homeless political migrants and more politically opportunistic in nature. Just a few days after the election results confirmed that Labour could not form any type of Government, purple campaigners gathered outside Liberal Democrat HQ, among them left-wing Labour supporters attempting to affiliate themsleves with PR for the first time.

A representative of the Take back Parliament group waits to deliver a petition into Downing Street.

A representative of the Take back Parliament group waits to deliver a petition into Downing Street.

A man stakes his colours to a lamppost outside Downing street. Over the coming months, the newly formed coalition Government will bend and sway under the weight of their new primary single party opposition group, also known as the Labour Party, itself now having to contend with the fact that it may well be the last known representation of Colossus Government in the United Kingdom.

A man stakes his colours to a lamppost outside Downing street. Over the coming months, the newly formed coalition Government will bend and sway under the weight of their new primary single party opposition group, also known as the Labour Party, itself now having to contend with the fact that it may well be the last known representation of Colossus Government in the United Kingdom.