'Picture the scene. Doris and Edna voted at their local primary school this year. The 82-year olds backed May, after voting Brexit, because they were brainwashed by Russian bots sometime between their blue rinse and the last episode of Eastenders.
Well, that’s essentially the picture being painted by the head of the UK elections watchdog. And, he is being serious. The electoral system in the UK is flawed, and needs rapid overhaul, according to campaigners and politicians across the nation.
Britain’s first past the post (FPTP) system has been abandoned by former colonies but kept in the UK, and has been ridiculed for creating a one-party state, as well as being unrepresentative of thousands of people across the UK.
The left-wing Guardian has been calling for a new system of proportional representation for years, as has the government’s Labour opposition. Yet, the reason that electoral reform is needed, according to Sir John Holmes, is because of Russia.
"It would be naïve to assume that what we know happened in the US and France around their elections did not and could not happen here," Sir John told BBC Radio 4's Today program.
"And there has been evidence coming from the US inquiry that some of that activity was happening. What we have done is asked companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook to tell us what was happening here in the same way they did in the US."'
Read more: Britain needs electoral reform – and guess who they are blaming?
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