Tories proposed AV - so stop moaning
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.