Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Just Say No to AV

Sitting over the New Line Learning Academy  today, watching the Prime Minister, David Cameron arrive with his entourage, I could follow his progress through the centre of the town with the two flanking back Range Rovers as they approached the school.

A bit of a panic at first as I managed to knock over one of the poles that supports the line I scoop on the pickup - you can see this in the photo - and I had to land again and reset the whole thing before scrambling over to Maidstone just in time to be overhead on the precise minute. I'm quite sure he noticed his 'No to AV' banner! In fact I was specifically instructed to leave the scene at 15:30 on the dot, in case the engine drowned out his speech.

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

in other words say yes to a corrupt system which allows people with less than 50% of the vote rule the roost over the rest of us.

Anonymous said...

I shall be voting yes - not much better than FPTP, but a step in the right direction.

Anonymous said...

Keeping fingers crossed for a Yes2AV vote.

1 o'clock Rob said...

Sorry Simon but we'll have to have a difference of opinion on AV.

Anonymous said...

I seriously struggle to see how AV gives some candidate more than 50% of the vote over FPTP. If they did not get 50% of first choices, adding other peoples' second choices does not suddenly change that. Frankly it is a dog's breakfast of a voting system which is why hardly any country uses it and two of the three that do, don't want it.

Whilst favouring FPTP, I can see a case for PR or even a part FPTP/PR system, but AV is a compromise that, if introduced, will put off the real debate over PR for a generation or more.

Looking at those campaigning for YES and NO camps it seems that real Labour politicians and real Tories support NO whilst the woolly fudge people support YES. I know which camp I would rather be with.

Anonymous said...

AV over FPTP, please.

Anonymous said...

That is not a case but a plea, 1:31, which is precisely what I meant about woolly. Straight talking positive people like John Reid support FPTP. Nick Clegg and Vince Cable like AV so say no more, nudge, nudge and all that.

Ken Gregory said...

Under AV I suppose Lewis Hamilton would have been placed 4th in China!

Ken Gregory said...

Interesting that Thanet Lab blog is not publishing comments that name past Labour councillors who have been found guilty of varying offences in court

Anonymous said...

Who is Lewis Hamilton and what has the China Gateway got to do with it

Anonymous said...

Ken, I think you mean various, not varying. The latter would imply that they popped into court and changed the offences

Anonymous said...

I agree with Simon on this one (not quite a first but nearly!) However the PR people will win in the end. Voting No now will just mean that AV will return to the agenda next time the LibDems are asked to prop up a minority Government. However, if we get AV for the next election we will probably end up with a hung Parliament and the LibDem price for coalition will be full PR, with the loss of connection of MPs to their constituency. As I have said before, how many of you can name your local Euro MP, or even knows where they live?