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London, U.K. (Feb 18) – In a lead up to possible electoral reforms, Conservative PM David Cameron and his Liberal Democrat Deputy Nick Clegg are set to outline their opposing views regarding the referendum scheduled on May 5.
It will be the first referendum of its kind in the UK since 1975. The idea is to switch from the First Past The Post system, a relatively simple process in which the candidate with the most crossed ballots wins. In Alternative Voting, the voter is expected to rank the candidates by preference.
Nick Clegg described the proposed new system as a “miserable little compromise,” but that was then and now it seems it is a, “[sic]… small change which will make a big difference.” Never one to overstate something’s importance, Clegg went on to compare the change to giving women the vote, or even giving everyone the right to vote.
The New Blue Nick Clegg does not even seem to be worried that his dip in Political Popularity may affect Liberal Democrat votes. Claiming that it has nothing to do with him, and that such an important change will outlive his political life, and legacy. He should not worry too much about being remembered, and I am sure he is not, because long after you, Clegg, and I have shifted off this mortal coil, people will still talk about him, his party, and that Election. I am guessing English Students will never forget him.
The concept seems to want to promote more of a choice than just Red or Blue. Which I was almost certain the existing format did. Put an X by the name of the less, weasel like candidate and hope for the best. Introducing Alternative Voting will please the more up to date voter, but not the people turning out to get it over with, and who pay little attention to politics, local or otherwise.
Cameron argues that, while the existing format does provide decisive results, AV will make clear outcomes less likely, but will make parties work together.
In Alternative Voting if a candidate receives 50% or more, they win. If no one reaches 50% then the candidate with the least amount of votes is eliminated, their backer’s second choices allocated to remaining candidates. This continues until someone reaches 50%. If no one reaches 50% after 3 days, 13 hours and 24 seconds, there is a scheduled Sack Race from John O’Groats to Lands End to be held at Dusk on Easter Sunday. If that happens to be a tie, then everyone will just agree that while changing the voting system may be a good plan, an equally solid plan would be changing the people involved in politics. Which would be difficult given all the silver spoons and soggy biscuits, but the day the public have a chance of electing into power someone who understands their needs first and foremost then, you can marvel at the future of politics.
Henry Hunter – WorldNewsVine Scotland