I recently saw the #showyourstipes campaign (highlighting climate change) – and I thought these charts looked great.
I like the simplicity and the way it uses just one dimension to tell the story (well, two if you count colour).
Today Micheál Martin becomes the 15th Taoiseach, so I thought it would be interesting to do something similar to show the shape of each Irish government over 100 years. Here’s the outcome.
Not quite as dramatic as the red/green climate change image – but still interesting to see at a glance how governments have changed over this time. Rather than just plain green or blue – I’ve varied the strength of the colours in line with the strength of the government (when in coalition the colour is closer to grey).
The new government in 2020 is kind of unique as it’s neither FG nor FF but somewhere in the middle (grey as it happens).
Here’s the same chart along with some further info.
Sticking with the striped theme – what if instead of varying the strength of the colour – we actually show each party as a colour.
Looks good – but if we need to explain what this means – then it will look more like this:
I like this. I mean, strictly speaking this is not representing reality as it’s not like a coalition shares power based on time (e.g. 4 years for FG, 1 for Labour) – but you can very clearly see from this that Labour have been in and out of power quite regularly over the last 100 years. It’s a nice image, but if you’re after an accurate representation – this may not be the chart for you.
If you want to see how long each government have been in power, and what the makeup of each of these was, then this is probably the best chart below.
Finally – here’s the same chart but showing proportions rather than the number of seats. Getting closer to the stripes image again – but now with 2 dimensions… it’s not quite the same.