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It’s been a few days since the results of council, Holyrood, Cardiff and Stormont elections, along with the all-important AV referendum, were revealed. The dust is settling, and it’s time to offer my take on the results.
The recent elections, despite appearances, were good for the progressive Left-wing parties in Britain. The Liberal Democrats suffered badly, and the people rejected AV, but the future may still be bright for us Spineless Liberals.
Let me explain….
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AV system ‘would give fascists more power’ – Alternative Vote, UK Politics – The Independent.
I need to a proper series of updates soon, but life is rushed – however, this definately caught my eye.
Baroness Warsi has said that AV would let the BNP take power.
Well, for a start.. is that why the BNP themselves are campaigning for a “No” vote? Because they don’t want life to be easier for them? Clearly, Baroness Warsi is badly misinformed, or just distorting the truth.
AV (and I could get into many, many technical arguments, or link to many other blogs), would make it MORE difficult for the BNP to win parliamentary seats. As it is, in some places they only need around 30% of the vote, whereas with AV, they would need to be the first choice of over 50% of the electorate. See how much harder that is?
I also have to make one more point. While, frankly, I find their ideas repugnant but they are a legal political party, and if people vote for them, then they will get seats, under any system. We can’t let keeping the BNP out affect our choice of electoral system. If we really want to beat the fascists, we have to show people…well, how fascist they are, and how bad they are for this country.