UK rejects alternative vote

Well, I can’t say I’m surprised. I would like to see some form of electoral reform in how we elect our MPs, but I don’t think a sufficiently good case was made for AV to convince enough of the public to get out and vote for it.

It didn’t help that the “No” campaign was allowed to get away with telling what can only be described as Big Fat Lies[1] such as claiming that a move to the alternative vote system would require the use of hugely expensive vote counting machines[2], that AV would involve some people’s votes being counted several times[3], and that AV was far too complicated for our fragile little minds to understand[4].

It’ll probably be another decade or three before we’re offered a chance like this…

BBC News – Vote 2011: UK rejects alternative vote.

[1] Which is the politest expression that comes to mind
[2] It wouldn’t
[3] It wouldn’t
[4] It isn’t