It’s voting day for me, and several others, in the UK. I normally vote pretty much the same way. In fact since I reached the age of having a democratic say I have only ever voted for one party. So, the decision on who to vote for is pretty easy, unless they begin to stand for some outrageous policy or ideology.
However, today we also get the chance to change our voting system. We have the option to change it from a ‘first past the post’ (most votes wins) to the ‘alternative vote’ system (where second, third and fourth preferences could be counted). It is all quite complicated, but the idea behind the AV system is that it gives a more reflective view of the general direction people want to go.
My fear though is that it will take votes away from the minor parties and hand them over to the major three. I say three because I have a feeling it will be the Liberal Democrats who benefit most from such a system, and not others like the Green party or some of the other less Compos mentis people who offer to serve the nation. So will it actually be fairer?
If it was a vote on Proportional Representation then I would have no hesitation voting yes. But that isn’t on offer. I do believe the current system is broken, but should I vote for the sake of change to another broken system?
Well, I need to make up my mind. Perhaps I’ll vote for one option as my preference and the other as my alternate.