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Anglo-American oddities US voting procedures, and particularly the electoral college, have come under attack by those who assume that things are much better over here. But the House of Commons functions as a kind of electoral college itself, and a highly biased one. There is a very real prospect that next year could see the Conservative support as high as Labour’s, but Tony Blair still returned to office with a mini-landslide in terms of seats won. At the last election it needed only around 25,000 votes to elect a Labour MP, more than twice that to return a Tory, and…

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