Thursday, 14 April 2011

Politics: Vote YES

The Economist has a nice little piece about the AV campaign...

For those not in Blighty (and those who are, but have lived in a cave until today), AV is the Alternative Vote system, a rather difficult to explain in a sentence one, and one on which Britain will vote on 5 May this year. Difficult to explain, but I'll give it a go: you takes your voting ticket, you marks your choice(s) in order of perference - 1, 2, 3, ..., and you're done (you can still vote for just one candidate); should nobody have more than half of votes the second choices are counted, and so on. Well, maybe not so difficult to explain, but it is difficult to visualise potential outcomes. It also has its problems. One is notably forcing people to possibly tick some unpalatable boxes in order to avoid the most unpalatable ones. The other is, and that may make a lot of people averse to it, it actually requires voters to think. And we know that your average voter doesn't. Is this any better than what we have now, which is first-past-the-post. IMNHO, the answer is a resounding YES. But then I'm also weird in that I'd go straight to the fully proportional system where the whole Britain (or at least constituent countries) are treated as a single voting district. But then I'm also not opposed to coalition governments. But then I am originally from the Continent. But then...

But I'll but you no buts any more: just go vote on 5 May, and make sure you vote

YES

You know it makes sense...