The Alternative Vote….This is what Nick Clegg and his Liberal chums sold out the students for. What do we think….Yes or No? Good or Bad for our democracy, I say our democracy, but it’s really their democracy, which is why some politicians from across the parties are backing the No vote; because they want the present political system to remain, where the first party past the post is the winner, which is ultimately un democratic in its nature because as often happens in an election when the votes of all the other parties are added up, more people didn’t want the winning party in power than did. AV is like it says on the tin…an Alternative to this, were the winning party must receive 50% of the vote, if they don’t then the other choices of the voters are taken into account, by a process of elimination a winner will be decided. But it is their alternative, which is why some politicians Liberals in particular are backing the Yes vote, because they want your vote at the next election, or at least the students votes, as under AV it may give them a chance to gain more power. The referendum takes place on May 5th, when they will ask us what we think of their ideas about their democracy for us.
The idea of AV seems to have the politicians a bit scared, and they’re not to keen on the idea, which makes me think it’s the better option of the two, but ultimately even with AV the politicians from the three main parties will be the winners, as come election time they will have access to more funding than any of the smaller parties to run their election campaigns, so the reality will be that the alternative is not really an alternative to the status quo.