Should Britain have an AV voting system and will it really make a difference to politics?
What do you think? Will it simply things? Or is this overshadowing the governments efforts to get the country back on track?
You'll find the positive to this question answer early Friday morning.
This could be a very important referendum, especially for voters in England. The first past the post system is much more likely to deliver strong one party governments. AV will bring more coalitions. If we stay with the present system, and Scotland bcomes independent in the next few years, England will have a permanent conservative majority, as the Labour Party depends on scottish votes to get a majority. The only thing that might upset that arrangement is if AV is introduced, because that will dilute the chances of conservative MP,s being elected.
If you are english and a Labour supporter, or Liberal, vote for a change.
If you are a conservative, like me, vote to retain the present system.
i did a blast of politics back in college, that where this comes from...
from what i understand voting systems massively change the socio-political climate. for example, FPTP leads to 2 party politics (the majority of the time). 2 party systems rely on which ever party isnt in power slagging off the ruling party, they take it in turns doing this. it generally (as in britians case) leads to politics that is watered down BS that has to appeal to the 'middle' or 'floating' voter. this way no practical policy or solid changes are persued, because they are aware that 1 they must appease the voters who wont vote for them next and 2 because they know the likelihood of them getting in is 50/50.
under PR, this leads to coperation politics (different to coalitions but PR does produce coalitions). it means that parties have to basically be nice to each other. for example Labs and Cons rip it outa each other every day, but look at their policy and they are the same parties but with different colours. in a PR socio-political state they would work together. because they share a simular ideology compared with say the hard left.
with the chance of distribution of power people side with their ideology, not the least unliked choice for their area. this means a end to the 'floating' voter.
so to round up voting systems are MASSIVELY important. not just the way it shapes politics but the way it influences society (through individual choice)....
on the subject, according to the Russel group universities study done last year Britians FPTP system is the 'most undemocratic demoncratic system'
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