In the top right hand corner of No to AV’s new web site is a box headed
weekly reason to vote no. If the tactics of the no campaign so far are anything to go on, there’s no reason to expect that a single one of them will be true. And thus begins a new weekly series here.
the Lib Dems would always be a part of a coalition government. It’s simply not supported by the facts. There is no reason to expect that coalitions would be any more or less likely under AV than they are under the current First Past the Post system. Australia, which uses AV has had two coalitions in the last hundred years, compared to the five we’ve had here. Canada, which uses FPTP, has had eleven.
As I explained in my previous lengthy blog post, there are two ingredients to a parliamentary democracy: the make up of the parliament and the voting system. In order to change the likelihood of coalitions in the House of Commons you would need to change the way seats are distributed. The proposed change to AV won’t do that. One directly elected MP will still represent a single constituency. Many people campaigning for a yes vote are in favour of a change to a proportional distribution of seats. Many are very much against it. All agree that AV makes MPs in the current system more accountable to their voters, and that it means more people will have their voices heard when they cast their vote.
Of course, it’s very likely this series will end here, when No to AV don’t maintain the weekly updates. There isn’t one reason to vote no, never mind 16, and they can only rehash the seven lies from their campaign leaflet so many ways. Otherwise, see you next time!
Edit, 21:44: it seems that while I was writing this post No to AV did actually update their site. I’ll make sure I write about the new lie before that disappears too.