Some months back the Labour party used AV to to elect Labour’s new leader. We Lib Dems have used the process to elect our leaders for a while. In Suffolk last week, the Conservative party used AV to elect Mark Bee as their new leader. The Oscars have moved to AV to vote for Best Film. Colin Firth, Steven Fry, Joanna Lumley, Helena Bonham Carter, Honor Blackman, Kriss Akabusi, Amisha Ghadiali, Eddie Izzard, Greg Dyke, Rowan Davies and Martin Bell are all saying Yes to AV. I am supporting AV, come to that. AV is clearly seen as a fair and intelligent way of exercising democracy- so why do we in Britain still elect our MPs with the discredited First Past the Post system?
The answer’s simple: it’s convenient for the MPs. The First Past the Post system keeps people in power without them having to work for it. No wonder so many people in Westminster are reluctant to change!
Every time there is an election in Britain, people notice the tiny proportion of votes that the winners have gained and comment on how unfair this is. In 2010 most MPs were elected with less than a third of the votes. The Electoral Reform Society has been campaigning to update Britain’s undemocratic electoral system for over a hundred years – and have long argued that AV is the best system when you’re out to elect a single winner.
In May, at long, long last we finally have the chance to scrap our broken system and replace it with a better one that will see politicians having to work harder for our votes. See the Yes to fairer votes site to see a video which shows how easy and fair the AV system really is
And remember to vote YES on May 5th
For more information see my fuller briefing on AV: No more wasted votes? then say YES to AV