Published on April 15th, 2011 |
by Adam Fowles
Say No to AV – The ‘Miserable Little Compromise’
Why say No to AV? It comes down to three simple reasons: (1) It is confusing and unfair (2) It is expensive and (3) It has been shunned by the very patrons who attempt to win a yes vote from us.
For democracy to be successful it must be understood, to be clear and concise, with no ambiguity. It is bounding with complexities, making it difficult to understand and in turn it becomes tough for voters to identify with their representatives, or to take parliament seriously. The AV system runs in such a manner that a candidate that comes second or third can win, and eliminate the candidate who came first, meaning we have little control over who ends up running our country. Confused yet? I know I am.
Introducing AV in the UK will also cost – a lot. We can expect figures of around 250 million pounds to be thrown away on campaigns aimed at educating voters on AV, as well as local council spends on snazzy new electronic vote counting machines. In a time cuts to primary services such as schools and hospitals are rife, and with families struggling with day to day expenses, can taxpayers really afford to shell out for the mayhem that is the AV voting system? I would say – quite definitely not.
The system has been bashed in the past it’s now dedicated cheerleaders. Once described by Nick Clegg as a ‘miserable little compromise thrashed out by the Labour Party’ only last year, and not regarded as ‘suitable for the election of a representative body’ by its main enthusiast the Electoral Reform Society back in 2002 – the system is denounced by those trying to sell it to us.
I firmly believe that a move towards AV would be a step backwards for British democracy. Vote no on the 5th of May, or risk being puzzled, fleeced, misrepresented or not represented at all.
Don’t agree with this #no2AV response? Maybe you agree with our #yes2AV blog from yesterday?