- AV is not fairer, more proportionate or more democratic. And don’t let them tell you otherwise
- AV presents the risk of your vote making it less likely that the candidate you want to win won’t win – that is wrong
- AV means some people’s votes count for more that some other peoples votes – those who vote for less popular candidates, in effect, get more votes
- AV is more complicated, more confusing and more prone to error – again disenfranchising those who make an honest mistake
- AV gives a disproportionate influence to smaller political parties and candidates from the fringes and extremes
None of these questions – how we hold MPs to account, how candidates are selected and what we the people want our MPs to do – are addressed by changing the system of voting. That merely creates the illusion of a substantial change without making the real changes we need. And those changes?
Direct election of the executive
Terms limits for all politicians at whatever level
The power of recall
Ending state funding for political parties
Repealing the Registration of Political Parties Act
Restricting all election campaigning to the promotion of individual candidates
Without these changes the voting system – how we choose – is of little or no relevance and will do nothing to restore public confidence in politics, let alone enthusiasm!