If only the media could cover elections in normal democracies without saying things like “[party name here] failed to win a majority” or “no party is likely to have a majority.”
Majorities of seats are actually not so common in democracies around the world, and majorities of votes are downright rare.
What was so distressing this morning is that I heard a line like this about Israel’s election. Yes, Israel, where even a quarter of the seats makes you a big player and the last time a party won over a third of the seats was in 1992. Yet the reporter’s line gave the impression that there might be just this very small chance that someone would get over 50% of seats. Moreover, while I have come to expect this sort of comment from American reporters (few of whom can get past “complex form of proportional representation”), this particular incident was on Deutsche Welle. Yes, from Germany, where no party has won a majority of seats in the country’s history of competitive elections (back to 1871). (To be fair, the reporter sounded British, and Britain is actually one of those oddball cases where a party almost always wins a majority.)