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  The charge here made against the STV is, in short, that its adoption would lead to the devaluation of Parliament.   It would tie an MP too closely to his constituents.   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".   lack >   Doubtless that is not so much a reality as an ideal -- and one for which due respect is conspicuously lack ing 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.   S.   Mill it is " the first principle of democracy, representation in proportion to numbers&hellip 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.