Sunday, 24 April 2011

NEW STATESMAN HAS MOST STUPID LINE ON AV - OFFICIAL

That the New Statesman should decide to back the alternative vote, on the entirely spurious grounds that it would be  "a step towards" proportional representation, is no surprise given its political evolution in recent years, and it won't make a lot of difference.

But it's still almost shocking that the magazine that claims to be the leading British intellectual weekly – and was once in the forefront of the campaign to get proportional representation for the House of Commons (no ifs, no buts) – could come up with this in a leader:
The adoption of AV would enable the creation of a more pluralistic political culture, in which parties emphasise their similarities, rather than merely their differences.
Er – isn't pluralism supposed to be all about differences? Isn't a voting system that encourages everyone to agree about everything its enemy?

They're even thicker at the Statesman than the No to AV morons think the rest of us are.

2 comments:

  1. That's hilarious. And no-one there picked up on it? Yet more pressure to conform from a media that's looking increasingly like a conveyor belt.

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  2. The proposed AV v FPTP UK Referendum consists of a contrived and simplistic bipolar choice of only two inadequate options set against unfit UK Electoral Law, unfit UK Electoral Registers and unfit UK Election Returning Officer negligible powers of cross-constituency scrutiny. Election Returning Officers will be unable to guarantee 'One Person-One Vote' nor to sign off ANY part of such a referendum as 'true', 'democratic', 'free' or 'fair'.

    Here are fundamental AV v FPTP BOGUS REFERENDUM flaws:

    1. UK Electoral Law - NOT 'fit for purpose'.
    2. UK Electoral Registers - NOT 'fit for purpose'.
    3. UK CERO powers - NOT 'fit for purpose'.

    A UK REFERENDUM MUST, ON PRINCIPLE, BE GUARANTEED TO BE VERIFIABLY AND GENUINELY 'ONE PERSON-ONE VOTE'.

    IF THIS AV v FPTP BOGUS REFERENDUM IS ATTEMPTED IT WILL NOT BE.

    BOGUS UK ELECTORAL REGISTERS = BOGUS REFERENDUM:

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/06/second_home_voters_1.html
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/06/secret_ballots_and_second_home.html
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/06/worried_about_second_home_vote.html
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/06/kevins_too_busy_to_probe_secon.html
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/06/game_on.html
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2010/06/a_letter_to_the_chief.html

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/grahamsmith/2011/04/some_second_home_voters_purged.html

    In the face of such corrupt and non-democratic electoral foundations, these may be the only rational responses to the RUBBISH REFERENDUM:

    BOYCOTT THE LIBERAL DEMOCRAT CONSERVATIVE PARTY CAMERON CLEGG COALITION BOGUS AV v FPTP REFERENDUM.

    OR

    SPOIL YOUR BALLOT PAPER WITH A SUITABLY CONSTRUCTIVE COMMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE BOGUS AV v FPTP UK REFERENDUM - A LIBDEMCON COALITION CON.

    NOTE: ALL SPOILED BALLOT PAPERS HAVE TO BE RECORDED AND NUMBERS PUBLISHED.

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