daftbeaker wrote:He then chooses who to vote for based on who is the best candidate for his views and beliefs.
Almost, except we don't vote for candidates, but for party lists (although it is possible to vote someone up in position on this list). Now, this has the effect that our individual parliamentary members are mostly anonymous, except for party leaders and some members of the cabinet. I can think that is nice, it means elections doesn't revolve around the personal qualities of candidates but around the ideas of the parties. On the other hand, voters has no way of holding individual politicians accountable (but they are required to vote according to party anyway and those can be held accountable) and I have no one to write and complain to about stupid law proposals like for example Americans do with their congressmen and I think senators (or are they appointed by the state?). Back to the first hand, though, we have absolutely no problem with gerrymandering because we do not have meaningful districts in which to stack the electorate.