Larger context for LACK in Corpus USbrown_UKbncw/UK_bncw.txt
It is only by putting some distance between himself and them that he can discharge his prime responsibility, which is to the country: decisions taken in the House of Commons affect all of us.
Parliament, said Burke, "is an assembly of one nation, with one interest, that of the whole; where, not local purposes, not local prejudices ought to guide, but the general good".
Doubtless that is not so much a reality as an ideal -- and one for which due respect is conspicuously lacking in the ethos of the STV.
II: PROPORTIONALITY PR defined What can the Irish experience teach us about the relationship between the STV and PR?
It will be useful to begin by being clear just what PR means.
According to J.
Mill it is " the first principle of democracy, representation in proportion to numbers… No real democracy, nothing but a false show of democracy, is possible without it ".
More explicitly, PR in the present context requires that in a legislature the distribution of seats to political parties shall be proportionate to the number of votes given to those parties.
If the votes are 50%, 30% and 20% for parties A, B and C respectively, then PR means that Party A must have 50% of the seats, Party B 30% and Party C 20% -- or if not exactly those percentages, then percentages as close to them as is possible within the constraints of whatever system is being used.