Wednesday, 22 December 2010


Gordon MacMillan has a pop at Labour backers of the alternative vote in a post on Harry's Place:
The AV system is a third rate option for electoral reform and backing it is a serious mistake. That should be reason enough to abandon support for the "yes" campaign. If you need more, then look to Clegg and the Liberal Democrats. I’m sorry, but people who try to ignore the fact that AV is now the political baby of Clegg and the Lib Dems are deeply misguided... Whether the Labour "yes" campaign likes it or not, supporting the AV referendum gives succor to Clegg and his band of Tory-supporting Lib Dems... If the "yes" campaign succeeds in winning it will be delivering a victory for Clegg and the Lib Dems and not one for democratic change.

AV is not going to deliver a better voting system. It isn’t close to being proportional representation or going to make a major difference to the imbalance of the current voting system. That’s why we should all oppose it.

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