Tories pro­posed AV - so stop moan­ing

Halifax Courier - - Weekend Thought /Yoursay@ -

Springwood Drive

Co­p­ley THERE has been much cor­re­spon­dence in The Courier on the ref­er­en­dum on our vot­ing sys­tem and much of it seems to be mis­lead­ing and very opin­ion­ated.

Pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion must be the fairest sys­tem, and whilst AV may not be the best, First Past the Post does not de­liver pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion.

AV and First Past the Post are of­ten com­pared to a hun­dred me­tre race where it is said the win­ner, the first over the line, would not win in the AV sys­tem. Ac­tu­ally it is bet­ter to com­pare them with a hun­dred me­tre race in ev­ery con­stituency where if a man with dark hair won in the ma­jor­ity of races, then un­der the First past the Post sys­tem, all the prizes would be given to dark-haired men with the blonds and gin­ger-haired win­ners get­ting none. Un­der the AV sys­tem all hair colours win­ning a race would be given a prize.

At the risk of of­fend­ing our po­lit­i­cal elite, most of us do not vote for the party which we con­sider to have the best poli­cies but vote to keep out the party which we think will do most dam­age to our way of life. In this re­spect AV de­liv­ers the goods per­fectly as the can­di­dates of the par­ties least liked by the ma­jor­ity don’t win.

The Tories are con­stantly com­plain­ing that AV is a flawed sys­tem so we should keep the cur- rent one. The Lib­er­als wanted pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion and, as a sop to them, Cameron of­fered a ref­er­en­dum on First Past the Post ver­sus The Al­ter­na­tive Vote. What he should have of­fered was a vote on First Past the Post and all forms of pro­por­tional rep­re­sen­ta­tion and the Swiss sys­tem of hold­ing ref­er­enda. Stop moan­ing, Tories, it was your party who pro­posed AV, surely not just so they could poo poo it.

Mike Cot­ton

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