Posts Tagged ‘AV Referendum’

“Make it 50” and the Janus-faced Yes Campaign….

by Darrell Goodliffe.

The new Yes to AV slogan ‘Make it 50’ is dreadful on so many levels. It’s obscure and people who are not immediately aware of the 50% argument won’t have a cat in hells chance of knowing what it means. Nor, I suspect, will they have much inclination to find either. For Yes it rather […]

How AV can lead to the election of the least favoured candidate

by Jon Lansman.

According to Yes to Fairer Votes, Alternative Vote (AV) is “as simple as 1,2,3…. The principle behind AV is just as simple. An election winner should need the support of a majority of the people.” That sounds fair. So how is it that, under AV, you could end up with the least popular candidate? Not […]

Labour No to AV is born…

by Darrell Goodliffe.

It looks like those within the Labour Party who want a No to AV vote on May 5th finally have an organisation to take-on Labour Yes. Quietly, Labour No to AV is being born. It has its own website which you can see here and, in addition, literature has been produced by three trade unions opposed […]

AV, the anti-politicians choice? The opposite is true

by Jon Lansman.

According to Sunder Katwala of the Fabian Society, the Yes to AV campaign is stressing a ‘people against the politicians’ theme. AV is supposed to attract people who are anti-politician. Charles Kennedy said of AV on Daily Politics “it’s a politician’s issue and we’ve got to turn it into a public issue.” Too right. It […]

We need a labour movement No to AV Campaign…

by Darrell Goodliffe.

The current clutch of opinion polls do not make pleasant reading for the No to AV camp. They are showing a clear momentum shift in the direction of a Yes vote with the ComRes poll showing Yes taking a 10% being the latest example of this. Of course, a high percentage of ‘dont know’s’ still exist (ComRes […]

LRC comes out against AV, and debates the cuts

by Darrell Goodliffe.

Following on from the Labour Representation Committee (LRC) National Conference I was subsequently elected to represent Leeds LRC on the National Committee. If you’re worried about more potentially disastrous tired guesses about attendance then fear no more, I won’t be making any such guesses this time around. John McDonnell lead off with a political report […]

Labour Yes is trying to bounce Labour around…

by Darrell Goodliffe.

I want to tell you a story. It starts with me receiving a copy of the Lib Dems local Focus. Don’t leave me just yet because it gets better than this. On that Focus is some pretty blatant campaigning for a Yes vote in what it laughably terms the ‘fairer votes referendum’. If ever there […]

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