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May 01, 2011

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Y Rhyfelwr Dewr

@Commentator: "that is not the argument being made by the no campaign. They say that AV is contrary to the "the fundamental principle of one person, one vote"

The No campaign is deploying a range of arguments, of which that is merely a PART of one of them. It is disingenuous to treat one single strand of its position as if it were the entire package.

In any case, what is your objection? To the impact of competing electoral systems, or to semantics? You don't seem to have a counter to the point that I made.

Nor is the voting system used for various Parliamentary positions (none of which use AV, so far as I'm aware -- I don't know where you got that from, but you're wrong; again, a "variant" of AV is not AV, by definition) terribly relevant. We're not taking about reforming the means by which select committees elect their chairs, or whatever, nor is anybody proposing to standardise the voting system for every electoral procedure in the United Kingdom.

We have a referendum to decide a certain question, and that is being administered within specific parameters. The rights and wrongs of anything outside those parameters is beside the point. Who cares what Northern Ireland's voting system involves? We're not holding a referendum on Northern Ireland's voting system, and the challenges that it was designed to reflect and to answer are only of tangential relevance to a United Kingdom election.

In a nutshell, you're splitting hairs.

JonSHarvey

@Y Rhyfelwr Dew ("Brave warrior"...)

In the article, if you bothered to read it, the PM is quoted as

"So First-Past-the-Post isn’t just one way of counting votes; it is an expression of our fairness as a country. It is enshrined in our constitution and integral to our history"

How can you enshrine anything in an unwritten (and therefore constantly developing) constitution.

So - back to back of the class for both of you!

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