As Vernon Bogdanor points out in this morning's Telegraph, "In 2005, (the Conservatives) won more votes than Labour in England but 92 fewer seats. In 2010, for the Conservatives to gain the same number of seats as Labour, they need to win around two million more votes."
For anyone who wonders at this third-world bias in our electoral system, look to the glacial pace at which our mummified Boundary Commission moves in re-drawing constituency boundaries to take account of population shifts. The answer isn't to throw out our well tried and tested First Past the Post system, but to put some ginger in the rectums of the gerontocrats on the Boundary Commission.
Below are the worst five most unrepresented and overrepresented seats;
Isle of Wight - 108,000
Daventry - 89,000
SW Norfolk - 89,000
Banbury - 88,000
S Norfolk - 87,000
Montgomeryshire - 45,000
Cynon Valley - 44,000
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy - 34,000
Orkney and Shetland - 32,000
Na h-Eileanan an Iar - 22,000
The Electoral Quota, the number of electors per constituency that should define the boundaries of each seat, is currently around 69,000. In Australia, this is not allowed to vary by more than +/- 3.5%, and in New Zealand it's 5%. If 5% were applied to the UK, all seats with fewer than 65,550 electors or more than 72,450 would be re-drawn. As Michael Pinto-Duschinsky pointed out to the Graham Committee, we're off the radar as far as international standards of fairness go.
It's high time we had a single Electoral Quota for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland - either that, or a system by which a Scots MP's vote is worth only 0.75 of an English MP's vote in the Commons. (That's what we call fair, Gordon.)
It's also high time we reduced the number of MPs to around 550 or so. This would give us a national Electoral Quota of 82,000.
And this must be done by 2015. The nation should not have to endure any more than just the next bent and skewed election. It's a disgrace and it needs urgent action.