I was going to vote against AV, I think it will make very little difference, elections will still be dominated by a handful of marginal seats only there will be slightly more of them than previously and parliament will still be as unrepresentative as before. I think the Lib Dems had a golden opportunity to change politics with a complete reform, top to bottom, and they bottled it believing that gradual change would be more acceptable.
Now I’m going to vote for AV in the hope that it is accepted and it’s shown to be just as useless as “first past the post”. Maybe next time someone manages to get electoral reform on the agenda they won’t be so chickenshit and will come up with a list of proposals that will bring about actual change.
The funniest argument against AV is that it would confuse the voters; if you’re confused by the system then just maybe you don’t understand the issues you are voting on and shouldn’t be there in the first place. Or am I getting to be a grumpy old man.
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