Monday, March 28, 2011

Ed Miliband to join cross-party alternative vote push

Ed Miliband is to urge all "progressive forces" to come together to press for a new UK voting system as those seeking change launch their official campaign.

The Labour leader will join senior Lib Dem and Green Party figures in a cross-party push for a Yes vote in the 5 May referendum on the alternative vote.

But Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg, who also backs change, will not be at the event.

IMO: The strong impression left is that Clegg is not popular, apparently for good reason.

Under AV, which will be backed today by Labour leader Ed Miliband, voters have to rank candidates at Westminster elections in order of preference rather than simply voting for the one candidate they want to win.

More than 90 per cent of Labour and Conservative voters would  be unlikely to get a second vote.

IMO: Thank goodness for that ! Presumably this may help to get rid of at least some of those MPs who are in politics to support themselves and not the general public.

The Daily Mail suggests: ¨in some constituencies, supporters of the BNP would have had their preferences counted six times before a winner was declared¨.

IMO: What the Mail says simply seems to be totally misleading. Each voter will only get one vote. But under the present system it is only a lottery as to whether their vote counts at all. With AV the voters get a little more choice. If you do not want anyone to be elected, simply put him or her near the bottom of the list.

IMO: Women are about half the voting population and AV looks as if it may increase the likelihood of the election of suitable (not just ´token') women politicians. Many women would presumably like to vote for another woman, but place party views high also. With AV they can vote first for a woman, then for a party candidate. They can have their vote counted (once only) that way.  And as for the BNP, if they get a candidate elected they may change their policies for the better. BNP policies have changed a lot over the last few years, and many people would say there has been a marked overall improvement.

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