How f***ing stupid do ‘No to AV’ think I am?

Hot topic at the moment – the voting referendum. Here’s my problem with it. Let’s take the No to AV website: notoav.org

From the website:

Our current tried and tested voting system gives everyone one vote and delivers clear outcomes. The Alternative Vote is a complicated, expensive and unfair system that gives some people more votes than others. It might sound like a small change but the danger is in the detail – it’s a politicians’ fix.

Governments would be selected through backroom deals and people would have no control over where their vote goes. It should be voters that decide who the best candidate is, not the voting system. Defend one person, one vote. Vote NO to AV on 5 May

Let’s analyse. “Our tried and tested voting system gives everyone one vote”, yes, “and delivers clear outcomes.”

Oh, like last year, when we had to wait days to find out who the liberals had sided with to get their grubby little mitts on power? Right.

“The Alternative Vote is a complicated..”

No, it really isn’t. Rank candidates in order of preference, etc., etc,

“expensive and unfair system”,

Because voting liberal only for them to side with the Tories and buckle under pressure, going back on countless promises that got them votes isfair.

“that gives some people more votes than others.”

No it doesn’t. Their vote doesn’t get counted twice. Once for their first preference, then, if they come last, then for their second preference instead. It’s not like I can vote liberal, UKIP and BNP.

“It might sound like a small change but the danger is in the detail – it’s a politician’s fix.”

I don’t know what that last bit means, but quite frankly politicians need fixing.

“Governments would be selected through backroom deals and people would have no control over where their vote goes. It should be voters that decide who the best candidate is, not the voting system. Defend one person, one vote.”

Again, from the example of last year, voting liberal got you a Tory government, so backroom deals are nothing new. People would have precise control over where their vote goes – if not liberal, BNP. If not BNP, UKIP. And so on.

Now let’s delve deeper into the web of confusion of No to AV.

“AV isn’t proportional”.

Neither is FPTP. Again, take last year. Proportionally speaking, in other words if votes accumulated nationwide directly correlated to seats won. there should be 234 Tories in government, not 307, 188 Labour MPs, not 258, 149 liberals, not 57, 20 members of UKIP, not none, 6 Greens, not 1, 11 members of the SNP as opposed to 6 and 12 BNP members, not none.

So while we’re on the subject of being proportional, ‘No to AV’ supporters can shut their proportional trap.

“[AV] excludes extremist parties”.

Yes, but not all extremist parties are so right wing they would make a plane spiral out of control. May I bring the reader’s attention to Brighton, where an extremist left wing party actually has an MP. And even so, I suspect many are extremely bored of the two-party politics that is conducted by two parties almost indistinguishable from each other.

Finally, “[FPTP]’s the most widely used system in the world”.

May I bring on my final exhibit. Driving on the left. By the logic of ‘No to AV’ campaigners, our roads are the wrong way round. Maybe they’ll campaign to change that next.

Jack out.

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One Response to How f***ing stupid do ‘No to AV’ think I am?

  1. The idea that AV is too complicated for voters to understand is one of the most insulting things I’ve seen dribble out of a politician’s mouth. The Tories in particular are being very bad at this, i’ve heard baroness Warsi say it in three seperate interviews now – the contempt for the public is disgusting.

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