THIS Šweek voters will decide whether to change the system for electing MPs. They will be asked if they want to bring in the Alternative Vote (AV) system or stick with the first-past-the-post method. Here’s what you had to say about the proposed new system.
Markmyword49: wrote: “A miserable little compromise sums up what AV is. “However, I’ll be voting yes because I see it as a necessary first step towards changing the voting system, parliament and local politics. There was never any way that the senior politicians in Westminster were going to give the ‘great unwashed’ anything other than the minimum of choice in who to elect.
“It took from 1832 to 1928 to get adult suffrage. I’ll keep my fingers crossed and hope that the UK gets proportional representation within 15 years.’’
NOWT replied: “Pathetic. In actual fact the FPTP system will likely see a rejuvenation as a National Political Realignment is now underway.
“It is long overdue and AV would be a roadblock to achieving a system whereby you have strong government and strong opposition. Up until 2010 you had a split opposition in terms of MPs’ party allegiance. Now Labour is the only opposition block other than a few odds and ends in the greens, SNP and Plaid.
“The extremists and the self-interested are advocating AV – Just say no to them!’’
But TommyDGNR8 agreed with the original poster: “AV is no more than a step in the right direction. One thing is certain – a vote against change will be spun by the establishment as a ringing endorsement of FPTP and we’ll have lost the only chance at electoral improvement we’re going to get for a generation or more.
“But electoral reform has already started. The number of seats is being reduced but there is no intention to reduce the size of government.’’