Polly, Polly…..

Eeek!

An alternative vote (AV), ranking candidates in 1,2,3 order, allows for a second preference to be redistributed from the lowest-scoring candidate\’s share until one candidate has more than 50% of the vote. It\’s hardly revolutionary, but it makes it worthwhile to vote for a smaller party as first choice, with a second-choice backstop to keep out whichever party you hate most: Greens and others can register their true support. It is such a small change it needs no referendum and should be done right now for the next election.

Umm, no, that\’s not correct at all. Something as basic as how MPs are elected is something we very definitely should have a referendum on. Allowing the current incumbents to change said rules is not something we should be allowing at all.

What is the point of boasting about growing GDP when since 1979, of every extra £100 of growth, £40 has gone to the top 10%?

Oh, that\’s an easy one dear. That the other 90% of the population are £60 better off would be a reasonable justification, don\’t you think?

7 thoughts on “Polly, Polly…..”

  1. “It is such a small change it needs no referendum and should be done right now for the next election… so that the New Labour hegemony under Gordon’s enlightened hand cannot be ended by the evil voters.”

  2. Quick question related to Polly’s piece Tim – aside from asking for a referrendum, do you think the voting system should be reformed? And, if so, how?

    Tim adds: Voting reform isn’t something I really think about. Essentially, I’m not interested.

  3. “Something as basic as how MPs are elected is something we very definitely should have a referendum on.”

    Admittedly I wasn’t around at the time, but I don’t recall referenda on female suffrage (1919 or 1928) – or on universal male suffrage, come to that…

  4. “Tim adds: Voting reform isn’t something I really think about. Essentially, I’m not interested.”

    Isn’t the essence of democracy throwing the current set of soiled nappies out? Does the current voting system hinder or help with that?

  5. Every time an election is due, we should have a referendum to choose how we’d like the contest held. Should we have the Party Leaders compete in freefall parachute jumping? Should the cabinet and shadow cabinet run an egg-and-spoon race? Should we send all the parliamentary candidates on a time trial through the Amazonian jungle?

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