Taffia Don: Welsh Nationalist Commentary

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

It is the ardent assertion of FPTP supporters that under the AV system some people have up to six votes. They cite the egalitarianism of one-person one vote simplicity, ignoring the fact that under FPTP the majority of people have no vote, the majority of people can’t make a difference, the majority of people are disenfranchised.

Where the winning majority of elections is typically 30 per cent, 70 per cent of the electorate are disenfranchised, excluded from the democratic process.

Yes to AV supporters cling to the majorative feature of AV as justification for its adoption, they can not claim though that AV reflects the votes cast, instead they change the votes to reflect the result.

Only one system gives people a vote, a vote that counts, a vote that returns a representative parliament. Proportional representation is the only egalitarianism system, and we should insist on it.

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