Wednesday, April 20, 2011
The move to change to AV
There's some very poor coverage of the issues over the proposed new voting system. Some would see it as a much fairer system but I don't necessarily agree.
There is little information or discussion about some fundamental issues.
First, there is no compunction to make more than one vote. You do not have to show your preferences in order.
Second, bearing in mind that the UK is basically a three party state, is anyone who traditionally votes left, or right, suddenly going to think I'll vote for the other side. I don't think so.
The only party that can hope to gain is the Lib Dems because, despite being a left wing party, their politics are a lot more fuzzy than the either the Conservatives or Labour. Faced with a list of three choices, because that's basically what you've got (I discount all the fringe parties because no one is ever going to vote for them in any number) a Conservative might vote for a Lib Dem but never for Labour and the same applies to a Labour voter who would never vote for a Conservative but again might vote for a Lib Dem.
In practice we will all place one vote, like before, and nothing will change. So I would argue, why change?
This is the best article that I have read so far.