So what works better: 1) American constitutional democracy or 2) British parliamentary democracy?
Well, the whine I got from my Republican friends back in the early 1990s was that they could not secure control of the House because of Democratic gerrymandering. Now, there was naturally some of that going on.....but the real reason was that they weren't that popular. But, after the 2000 census, they took that lesson to heart and executed it with a vengeance. So, it was extremely unprincipled when used against them....but when they got in power, they did it beyond all bounds. Politics seems to generate more hypocrisy than it does principles.Finally, some good news.
After the supreme court refused to get involved with state partisan gerrymandering, a panel of state judges ruled that the legislative maps violate the state constitution and must be redrawn.
It's incredible that the republicans got away with it for so long, considering the evidence.
Some guy called Hoffeler had secret formulae, tables, and charts to ensure that the republicans had a voting majority in every district.
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Here's the 357 page ruling if anyone's interested https://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/athena/files/2019/09/03/5d6ec7bee4b0cdfe0576ee09.pdf
If anyone's wondering where the term gerrymandering comes from: Gerrymandering - Wikipedia
It definitely needs to be reigned it. I don't recall the courts being involved in this issue before. As it is, they will only correct the most egregious cases. The sharper divides now in the political spectrum by race, heritage, religious beliefs, urban/rural, income, education, etc....have made this all the more possible. It also seems we are becoming incapable of indignation anymore. It is now all "situational ethics."I despise gerrymandering no matter who does it.
Both parties are guilty but as far as I can tell, the Republicans are particularly egregious.
Hopefully this ruling is the start of the end of it, or at least reigns it in.
Thee EU, taken as a whole is the UK’s largest trading partner. In 2018, UK exports to the EU were £289 billion (46% of all UK exports). UK imports from the EU were £345 billion (54% of all UK imports).
But yes, there's no doubt that it would have a bigger impact on the UK overall.All these figures point in the same direction. The UK looks more exposed in the event of disruption to trade relations.
That is not to say the impact on the EU would be trivial, far from it.
The EU 27 would undoubtedly face significant economic harm from major disturbances to their trade with the UK.