Formatting and irritating typo mistakes aside, I really enjoyed Aharon Nathan's Total Representation (TR). With Alternative Voting systems very much in the (UK) news of late (2010), it's disheartening not to have heard either politicians or the media giving coverage or paying lip-service to the idea and merits of the Total Representation electoral system. In outlining TR, Nathan takes the time to trace the historical developments of the traditional First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) electoral systems and, in doing so, draws attention the inherent flaws and general unfairness of FPTP systems, identified here as being most notably characterized by the amount of wasted votes generated in determining constituency winners. TR successfully addresses this imbalance between the total votes casts and parliamentary seats won.
Having outlined existing electoral systems, Nathan then goes on to explain how TR works with reference to both the UK Parliamentary system and the Israeli Knesset - Nathan having (as I recall) direct experience in both - and, having done so, he then cleverly explains how the problems associated with wasted votes etc can be sidestepped through the use of TR. He includes lots of statistical information through which he demonstrates how previous electoral results have played out and, crucially, also runs samples of how those same results would have played out under a TR electoral system. The results are compelling and serve to further substantiate his claims that TR is not only a more complete and efficient electoral voting system, but one which is inherently much fairer.
Personally speaking, as someone whose political beliefs are grounded within the principles of Ecologism, but who as a pragmatists recognizes that it remains unlikely that any Green Political impact will be made under the existing FPTP systems, I for one am very much a supporter of electoral reform. However, should any Green political impact be made over the coming years, I feel that it remains highly unlikely that such progress will come as a result of TR. More likely that the Alternative Voting system (see: Gaming the Vote: Why Elections Aren't Fair (and What We Can Do about It)will get the nod over TR. However, that doesn't mean that TR doesn't have a place in future electoral systems. It would just seem that no one country is prepared to become the guinea pig and become the first country to implement TR.