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Wednesday, May 11, 2005
  UK Government has weakest electoral mandate in G8 countries
CountryTurnoutGovt's percentage of voters
Japan59.931.3
USA6030.6
Russia64.345.8
Germany79.137.4
France64.424.8
Spain (not G8)77.232.9
Italy81.334.6
UK61.321.6
Canada60.922.4 (hung parliament)
(modified following helpful comment)
 
Comments:
Very interesting statistics - that Germany, Italy and Spain get such high turnout, with better Government mandate - and they are the three which use PR (AFAIK)?
 
This is interesting, but Spain is not a member of the G8, while Canada (which you didn't include) is. However, even including Canada, which has a minority government (hung parliament), Blair still has the weakest mandate, but only barely.

In the Canadian federal election of 2004, there was a 60.9% turnout and the Liberal party won 36.7% of the vote, which comes out to a mandate from 22.4% of the electorate. Still better than Blair!
 
Have I missed something? I know I've slept a bit since last Thursday, but I could have sworn Labour got a clear majority of the seats, yet John has got it down as a hung Parliament. In your dreams, Johnny!.
 
So I got Canada and UK mixed up when modifying the table.

One of the problems with blogger is that you have to enter tables as HTML with no carriage returns.
This means spotting errors as you are typing is harder.
 
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