Monday, 18 April 2011

Eustice claims Zimbabwe is good reason to keep FPTP

Camborne MP George Eustice is one of those leading the campaign against changing to a fairer voting system. His claims about why people should vote No are becoming ever more ridiculous.

First of all, he claimed that electronic voting machines would be needed if the system changed. However, the claim was rubbished by Conservative councillor Jim Currie (who is in charge of electoral issues on Cornwall Council) who confirmed the Electoral Commission's ruling that there would be no need for expensive new voting machines if the change to the voting system is agreed.

In his latest argument in favour of the current First-Past-the-Post (FPTP) system, Eustice argues that there are 70 democracies around the world that use FPTP. As the Cornish Zetetics blog points out, this list includes such well regarded democracies as Zimbabwe, Yemen and Ethiopia - all countries which have a terrible record on human rights and the rule of law and which are considered autocratic regimes by experts.

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