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AV: A No vote would be Britain’s George W. Bush moment.

Posted by Jason O on May 4, 2011 in AV Referendum May 5 2011, British Politics |

Remember that moment in 2004 when it became apparent that George W. Bush was going to defeat John Kerry and be re-elected President? Remember that “What The **** Are They Thinking?” moment? That’ll be how I feel if Britain votes to keep First Past The Post. Not anger, because it is not, after all, my country, and referendums have a tendency to throw up answers you don’t like. But just jaw-dropping mouth open disbelief.

See, AV isn’t perfect. I get that. But it is better than First Past The Post. But that’s not even the bit that would annoy me, because FPTP has its strengths and I accept that some people put more importance on some aspects of a voting system than others. Fair enough.

No, what would make me gnash my teeth will be if people vote No because of the ridiculous reasons put forward by some on the No side. The voting machines, the “complexity”, the “extra” votes for small parties, all that nonsense. If the British people vote No to AV because of that stuff, stuff that deep down No people in Labour and the Conservatives, who use forms of AV internally in their respective parties, know to be just plain untrue, well, that would be nothing short of heart-breaking.

A No vote is where the British people are convinced by professional politicians to vote against themselves. AV gives individual voters more power over politicians. FPTP restricts those same voters. 

It really is as simple as that.

2 Comments

david morris
May 4, 2011 at 9:06 am

Except its not.

Those good folk at the Grauniad have now discovered that “Voting no to AV will hinder the emergence of a new socialism based on democracy, dialogue and pluralism”.

R i g h t…….. So, anyone with even a passing acquaintance of the 20th century should be voting no to AV then? After all, it was socialism in one or another of its guises, national/international, fascist and out & out deluded alike, which caused most of the bloodshed of that period.

So, to make sure that socialism doesn’t rise again, we should all vote no to AV.

Simples.

And as for your jaw dropping disbelief – well democracy does that. The pipple may be annoying, misinformed, deluded, but they are never wrong.

Kind regards


 
Wan
May 5, 2011 at 12:46 pm

I can feel my brain melting out my ears.
“In this coming AV referendum vote no to socialism”


 

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