Friday, 4 February 2011

Not to AV campaign resorting to lies and personal attacks

You can tell that the No to AV campaigners are getting desperate. They are resorting to lies and personal attacks in the hope of winning May's referendum.

There is a case to be made against changing the voting system (although I think that the arguments in favour are far stronger). But Tim Montgomerie is determined to play the man not the ball in his post entitled 'AV can be defeated if voters go into the polling booth thinking of Nick Clegg, broken promises and tuition fees' (snappy title).

Mr Montgomerie writes in the post and in a column in the New Statesman:

"Clegg wants to abolish first-past-the-post because he wants the Liberal Democrats to become the permanent power-brokers in British politics."

Really? Prove it.

Opponents of change might think that a consequence of change would be a smaller party permanently in a position of power. I happen to doubt that this will be the case as I think it is equally possible for the two largest parties to get together in some circumstances. But can anyone provide any evidence that this is the motivation behind Nick Clegg's backing for AV. Maybe he is actually telling the truth when he has set out time and again why he thinks that change to the voting system is actually fairer for the people of Britain as a whole.

1 comment:

bry-stives said...

The old Lib-Dums have hung on the coat tails of the two main parties for many years. Because Cast Iron Power at any Price Cameron needed help to form a government he roped in the Lib-Dums so we have a liberal coalition, the worst of both worlds.
Nick Clegg having a taste of power, something which a few months ago was beyond his wildest dreams, realises that without a change to first past the post this will be his only taste. Facing another lifetime of political wilderness he calls for the one change which he hopes will bring him a power share...smell the desperation.
AV referendum was part of the deal to get the Lib-Dums to join the in with the coalition...a sweet deal for the Lib-Dums.
It is very hard to see how or why a shift to AV represents a progressive step. Only three countries use AV for their national elections: Fiji, Australia, and Papua New Guinea. In Fiji, they’re about to get rid of it. In Australia, 6 out of 10 voters want to return to the British system.
So AV gets a thumbs down and yet Nick Clegg thinks it's a good idea. What does this tell you about Nick Clegg's vision of the future?
For anyone who seriously believes in democratic government it has to no to AV.