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Mar 3, 2015

Lord Ashcroft Weighs in on Third Parties in Belize

Michael Ashcroft

On Tuesday night, you heard Lord Ashcroft speak on his lack of involvement in political financing for the municipal elections in Belize, but that he remains open to dialogue with the two major parties in the future. In our interview with him, he also spoke on the political system in the UK and drew comparisons with Belize’s political system and the emergence of third parties.

 

Lord Michael Ashcroft

“First start to ask the question whether the first past the post system – winner takes all is the appropriate system in a democracy. We have that debate in the UK all the time. We’ve had in the UK since the World War very much a two party system where perhaps twenty-five-thirty years ago. Well over ninety percent of the votes went to the two principal parties. In this election, which is in May, the polls show that the two major parties are polling just about sixty percent and there has been a rise of other parties as the public gets disillusioned with just alternating between both parties. So sooner or later there does come to be the rise or the broadening of consumer choice and this is what you guys call the third party. But any other party can begin to make ground when there begins to be disillusionment in the alternating of governments because it becomes ultimately not the best of choices, but the least worst alternative. It’s natural that there’s an increase, but the important thing with the rise of another party is the credibility of the people around it. You can have a party that has no credibility or run by a person with no credibility and it won’t go very far. It needs some dynamic leader to come forward and actually say we must break down the two party system and then – then – there can be some momentum. So it all depends on the momentum the credibility and for an electorate to be disenfranchised with the voting of two political parties.”

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