Thursday, 5 May 2011

Politics: AV, AV, AV

Yes, it's the polling day in Blighty today...

Have you cast your vote yet? I have, first thing this morning. If you haven't, there's still plenty of time - 12 hours from the moment I am posting this to be exact. And yes, I have voted YES at the AV referendum (and for the Liberal Democrat in the local elections). Sadly, it seems that AV is going to be the losing option (just like the Lib Dem candidate in a staunchly Tory area I live in). Or maybe not. Maybe if you go out and vote (yes, of course) it may swing the result. Don't get conned by those first-past-the-post proponents who tell you that AV dilutes the one-person-one-vote principle. As a matter of fact, there is no worse system for spoiling one-person-one-vote than FPTP. How else to explain a majority voting for one party while the other one gets absolute majority in the legislature (see what happened in Canadian elections just the other day)? True, alternative vote does not fix the problem fully. If you want your vote to really count (as part of block of votes of people who share your views) then we should have switched to a fully proportional voting system where X% of the vote gives a party X% of the seats (or close enough not to make a difference). AV is a kind of a half way house between FPTP and proportional, but in my not-so-humble opinion it is the change in the right direction. Oh, there'll be more coalition governments, but it was never a given that that is necessarily a bad thing.

So, go out and vote for AV. Now. I mean it. NOW!