A huge rise in the number of SNP MPs at the election in May will cause a "democratic legitimacy issue", the former cabinet secretary has warned.
Sir Gus O'Donnell, who was the country's top civil servant at the time of the 2010 coalition negotiations, suggested the first past the post voting system would come under intense pressure once the result becomes clear on May 8.
Speaking at an event hosted by University College London's Constitution Unit on Thursday evening, O'Donnell said what the election was "all about is Scotland". Oncurrent projections the SNP is expected to see its number of seats jump from six to nearly all of Scotland's 57 constituencies.
O'Donnell said while the SNP could win 55 MPs with just 4% of the national vote, theGreens and Ukip would not get anywhere near that many MPs despite "a lot more people" having voted for them. He said: "That's going to cause quite a legitimacy issue."
He added of opinion polls that showed national vote share. "I kind of despair. What matters for our parliamentary system and who is the government is seats not votes," he said.
O'Donnell said one the outcome of the election in May would be "legitimacy questions about the voting system" and "why is the relationship between votes cast and seats so wildly out of line".
So O'Donnel saying that National and regional parties vote should be proportional to the UK as a whole ?
In this scenario based on a 5% threshold ( which many countries using PR set Plaid and the SNP would not have any representation in the UK parliament unless they formed a Bloc with others
In the Blair Landslide of 1997 Labour one a huge majority of seats with 45.6% of the vote and the Tories with 17.5% did not have a single representative from Scotland
Now of course Unionist at Westminster and in the media are in a panic the Majority of Scottish MPs will not be lobby fodder for the three main parties who had spent the last year telling the people of Scotland how much Westminster valued them .
And the London media have spent the last few months telling us that the SNP are going to run England
We can only wait for the Sun South of the Border (It has different headlined in Scotland ) referring to the SNP "jokingly" as the local Mau Mau..
O'Donnell ha given us a pointer to the thinking at Westminster if the system that for a century has largely send us Two main parties who swap power every other decade or so and are now indistinguishable does not give us the result we want in May . We will change the system.
Not out of the interest of Democracy but in the interest of the discredited Unionist Parties at Westminster.
And as O'Donnel may well have indicated any form of reform of PR may well seek to end any Welsh or Scottish Nationalist representation at Westminster entirely.