16 October 2008

The unfairness of FPP (or perhaps why MMP aint so bad after all)

Below are the results from Canada's latest federal election yesterday (from The Globe and Mail). I've added the percentage figures for the number of seats in red). Really, it speaks for itself. (Of course, as an aside, this is the third federal election in Canada in four years. So much more the (relative) greater certainty and longevity of government under FPP as compared with MMP...)

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Lord Justice Lawton in Maxwell v Department of Trade and Industry [1974] 2 All ER 122 said:

"From time to time ... lawyers and judges have tried to define what constitutes fairness. Like defining an elephant, it is not easy to do, although fairness in practice has the elephantine quality of being easy to recognise. As a result of these efforts a word in common usage has acquired the trappings of legalism: 'acting fairly' has become 'acting in accordance with the rules of natural justice', and on occasion has been dressed up with Latin tags. This phrase in my opinion serves no useful purpose and in recent years it has encouraged lawyers to try to put those who hold inquiries into legal straitjackets.... For the purposes of my judgment I intend to ask myself this simple question: did the [decision-maker] act fairly towards the plaintiff?"

This course examines the elephantine concept of fairness in the law, along with other contemporary legal issues.

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