British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday won a parliamentary majority in the UK's general elections. Results showed the Boris-led Conservative won 364 of the 650 seats in the lower House of Commons while the Labour Party managed only 203.
However, Washington Post chose to do a bizarre analysis of the British polls. The Post wrote that if Britain had Germany’s electoral system, Boris Johnson may have lost the election. Twitter heavily mocked the website for not taking the Conservative victory in the right spirit.
Britain follows first-past-the-post system wherein the candidate who wins the most votes, wins the constituency. Whereas countries like Germany and New Zealand have a proportional representation system. According to this system, the number of seats in parliament are based on the share of total votes a party gets.
The website claims that with the proportional representation system the Conservative party would have still won the most votes but would have failed to reach the majority mark.
Here are the Twitter reactions to Washington Post's article:
Analysis: If America had Saudi Arabia's electoral system, Sharia would already be here. *SEND TWEET* https://t.co/G8WhUbtLa2— Siraj Hashmi (@SirajAHashmi) December 13, 2019
If my aunt had a moustache, she’d be my uncle. https://t.co/42vxk71qDZ— Anuraag Saxena (@anuraag_saxena) December 14, 2019
analysis: if i was 6’6 and weighed 225, i’d be in the NFL https://t.co/nGuDALngpB— Logan Hall (@loganclarkhall) December 13, 2019
If Britain wasn’t Britain Britain wouldn’t be what Britain is right now. https://t.co/rMRAbokTvg— The Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) December 13, 2019
In different forms in various countries, exactly the problem. Blame the very system that helped them win power. A sense of entitlement to be in power, instead of understanding why people voted against them. And that is a disservice to the country, depriving of credible opposition https://t.co/LoQIhWISVK— Yusuf Unjhawala ?? (@YusufDFI) December 14, 2019
Nostalgic! When I flunked a test in school, I used to tell my parents I would be a first rank student in the American system. https://t.co/D0eziMPj8O— Shiv Aroor (@ShivAroor) December 14, 2019
Proportional representation without minimum threshold? ? #FakeNews peddler @washingtonpost starts preparing the Left-Lib arguments to delegitimise President Donald Trump's next victory. https://t.co/x2qTH93tUi— Kanchan Gupta (@KanchanGupta) December 14, 2019
If left liberal respected democracy and people's verdict, it would have had some respect. https://t.co/Q4bO1NnBrZ— Anuj Singhal अनुज सिंघल (@_anujsinghal) December 14, 2019
If they had China's system, there wouldn't have been an election... https://t.co/L1TZWDvsKQ— Kurt Loder (@kurt_loder) December 13, 2019