A Miserable Little Compromise

October 19, 2010 at 11:37 am Leave a comment

Careful readers may recognise my title as having been used by one N Clegg to describe the half-baked voting system known as AV. Fast-forward a few months and, lo…. those of us who have long wanted electoral reform find that this system is all that’s on offer.

 Our local Lib Dems organised a debate/discussion about this in the Town Hall last Friday. I was there to fly the Green flag and the excellent Hebweb has filed a decent account of proceedings – see the link on the right.

 AV is a complex issue for the Greens. On the one hand it’s a hopelessly non-proportional system which, if anything, could clobber small parties like ours even more than FPP does. But. But. But….here are my 3 principal reasons to vote Yes:

  • It would introduce the concept of ranking candidates
  • It would get rid of some of the tactical voting and the excrescence of “safe seats”. Not all, but owt’s better than nowt.
  • If we don’t accept AV it’ll close the door on any chance of electoral reform for the foreseeable future

The Lib Dem leadership sold all of us out by not insisting on PR, and we shan’t forget it. But I find myself preferring a miserable little compromise to a steaming pile of entrenched FPP privilege. So there.

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This blog started during the months before the 2010 General Election, in which I was the Green candidate for Calder Valley. It's morphed into an account of green activism...and other meanderings.

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