Wednesday, 30 March 2011


The Independent splashed on its support for the alternative vote today but it can't be counted as massively enthusiastic. Its leader states, correctly, that AV
... is not a proportional system. And under certain circumstances it might mean even bigger landslides. AV would erode, but not eliminate, the problem of "safe" seats.

All good reasons to vote "no". So why back AV?
The democratic contract between MPs and constituents would be strengthened since politicians would only be returned to Westminster if they enjoyed the support of a majority of their constituents. And the curse of the first-past-the-post system – the argument that a vote for a smaller party is "wasted" – would be eliminated at a stroke, because the second preference votes of lower-placed candidates would be reallocated if the first count failed to produce a clear winner. The public will be able to vote for the person they want to represent them (as their first preference) without having to agonise about whether they are effectively disenfranchising themselves if they choose a candidate representing a smaller party.
Sorry, this is pathetic. We change the voting system so voters don't have to "agonise" about their voting choices? Leave it out.

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