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[BRITISH POLITICS] AV referendum 5th May
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This Thursday the population of Britain, at least those that can be arsed, go to the polls to say YAY or NEIGH to changing the system by which we elect our government. This is kind of a big deal. So let's conversate about it.
I'm going to say straight away that I'm in favour of switching to AV over FPTP. So this is going to sound really biased, sorry! If there is anyone who supports sticking to FPTP though, go ahead and explain why, because I genuinely would like to know if there are benefits to it that I haven't realised.
Here I will attempt to summarise what I understand about the choices. I am not a politician or a student of politics, so this will be the My First Referendum version.
Choice the 1st: First Past the Post
FPTP is the system we use currently. Everybody votes, the person with the most votes wins. Simple. And apparently because it is so simple that all the various degrees of retard in the country can explain it in one catchy sentence like I just did, that is a great reason to keep it, never mind what it actually results in. Which is when a guy gets 30% of the vote, and everyone else only gets 10% each, that guy wins. Despite 70% of the population voting against him. Simple!
Choice the 2nd: Alternate Vote
AV is the proposed new system. Instead of voting for one guy, you rank all the candidates (or however many you want to) in order of preference. Everybody's 1st choice votes are used to create a provisional result. But if nobody gets more than half the vote (like the aforementioned dude with 30%) the selection isn't over. The losing candidate is eliminated and all the people who voted for them as first choice have their ballots looked at again, distributed according to their second place choices, and added to the other candidates' piles. This process is repeated until somebody gets more than 50%.
Here is a video featuring some cats which explains what I just said, in a way that is more engaging because it features cats
We can also discuss the respective campaigns. Personally I have only seen material from the No campaign, because I live in a really conservative area. Frankly I've found it disgusting and appalling and full of lies and bullshit. So kind of like reading the Daily Mail. Does anyone here live in an area where the Yes campaign is active? What kind of stuff have they been saying?