Alternative Vote or Alternative Government
By Dark Politricks
The people of the UK are going to be asked in a few weeks to vote on whether they would like a new voting system.
We currently have a first past the post system which often leads to politicians gaining seats for life, leaves a large percentage (often the majority within a district) having a politician they haven’t voted for and leaves smaller parties out of government as they have to work extra hard to gain a seat even if they have a large percentage of support across the country.
The alternative we are being offered is AV (Alternative Vote) in which voters order the candidates in their prefered order first to last and then during the count up the candiate with the least votes drops out and their votes are redistrubted amongst the other candidates until one candidate manages to get 50% of the vote.
This is a comprimise system that the Lib Dem’s agreed to during coallition talks because neither Labour or the Tories would give them full proportianal representation which is what they really want. Nick Clegg see’s this change as a miserable compromise and maybe as a stepping stone towards further change later on.
The alternative vote system is not a choice any party wants but it’s a change from the existing system and even though it’s not proportional in any way at least it makes people’s choices count a lot more than they currently do.
I will probably be voting for AV just because it is a change from the status quo and might help to get some smaller parties or independents into the houses of corruption/parliament. However what I would rather see is a total change in how our whole government works.
What we really need is a new system of politics that prevents lobbyists and powerful interest groups from controlling politicians and gives the educated people of this country more of a say in the decision making process.
This all reminds me of a couple of articles I wrote some time back titled:
In which I offer a number of ideas and possible solutions to our current problems. Some people might find them interesting so I suggest having a read if you get the time.