Vote Yes!

As above!

Today is an opportunity to take a small democratic step. AV simply means that MPs in future would have a majority of people in their constituencies supporting them to some degree! Those who still only want to vote for one candidate still can.

That’s it in a nutshell.

A small step – but a positive one.

0 thoughts on “Vote Yes!

  1. I’m going to vote “yes” today. But if the yes votes lose (as looks pretty likely, unfortunately ) that’s yet another disaster to be chalked up to your duplicitous party and your untrustworthy leader, who has thrown away the best chance of electoral reform for a generation.

  2. “Those who still only want to vote for one candidate still can.”

    Actually that’s an interesting point you make there, Lynne. Suppose most people don’t vote for anyone – you’d think means the majority don’t want an MP in their constituency!!

  3. A good guide for most things in life is to do that exact opposite of what Labour suggests.

    The fact that they’re so split on the matter suggests neither system is particularly good.

  4. Are you watching the results Lynn?

    Ever get the feeling you’ve made a massive strategic error?

  5. Looks like Labour are only taking the easiest votes, which they take almost by default from the fact that the Lib Dems formed a coalition with the Tories. Beyond that, Labour don’t really seem to be winning many, if any, votes from the Tories. They should be making some easy gains from the Tories as mid-term blues start to develop, but that’s not really happening.

    Looks like Labour’s failing to be an effective opposition at a time when an effective opposition is badly needed. Labour and Labour’s supporters might be good at making a lot of noise, plenty of sound and fury, but it seems there’s a lack of substance (Ed Milliband’s blank sheet of paper?).

    Since incumbent governments tend to recover to some extent by the time general elections are held – mid-term blues are called that for that reason – this result might actually be an early indication that the Tories will win the next general election with an overall majority. And that’s before taking boundary changes into account.

    Labour will be making a huge mistake if they take these results as anything other than bad news.

  6. One year is not “mid term”.

    Resign Lynne. You and your thieving party that stole well meaning peoples’ votes are not wanted round here or even in your leader’s constituency of Sheffield.

  7. Clegg still doesn’t get it. Voters aren’t punishing the Lib Dems because of the spending cuts (see latest BBC report) but because they realised some time ago that he and all the Lib Dems are a bunch of liars.

  8. Choosing AV reform as the plum for coalition with a referendum one year into office was a huge tactical blunder. You should have stood your ground over tuition fees and made that the non negotiable term of coalition. You would have come out with some integrity and credibility. This is just the beginning of the voter backlash. Tuition fees will start to bite in the next two years and will begin to have a disastrous effect on British higher education in years three and four. This will continue to be a toxic issue right up until the next general election assuming the coalition limps on that long. Stop gawping into the camera, crouching over a few pot holes and get in there and do something about it.

  9. Shame we didn’t have a proper, grown-up debate about AV. Instead it was used as a referendum on how much we dislike Clegg. Personally, I voted YES in spite of Clegg, but it looks like the majority wanted to give him a kick up the arse.

    And so we lose the chance of electoral reform for another generation, because it was tainted by association with a hugely unpopular Lib Dem party.

    Clegg has to resign surely? The only question is whether the Coalition goes down with him – I’m sure the Tories would love to call a snap election right now and, if their backbenchers have their way, that’s exactly what they will engineer.

  10. By the way Lynne, you did indeed put it in a nutshell in this blog. Shame so few were listening.

  11. I’ve just come up with an idea for the Lib Dems. Call foul play!

    Yes, all you need do is point out that only 42% of the electorate voted in the referendum. That means that more than half of potential voters might disagree. So, in fact, this is a victory for Nick Clegg and the Lib Dems’ Yes campaign.

    There you have it – in a nutshell.

  12. Lynne you have less than 50% of the vote in this constituency. Had there been a council election here there would be barely any L** D**s left. Why are you still our MP today?