1 May 2011
AV wont cost more
Stroud Life asks 'What's price of democracy with alternative vote?' Your editorial rightly identifies that AV is about improving our democracy, but you suggest it might be costly (27.0.11). It is true that the NO to AV campaign has made their key message 'the costs of AV', however their claims can be demolished with the slightest scrutiny. Indeed a recent Treasury estimate put the cost of an election under AV as roughly the same as under a normal General Election.
Our current election rules were designed for a different age when 95% of us voted for two main parties. At the last election this fell to 65% and more than two-thirds of MPs were elected with fewer than 50% of the vote. Too many MPs think that they have a job for life. Half of all seats have been in the same party’s control since 1970. This can breed complacency and arrogance.
Our voting system is not coping with the challenges of our times. MP's should have a majority of the voters in their constituency behind them. AV gives that and more power to individual voters. It’s not complicated. It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. This is our chance for electoral and political reform. Vote YES to AV on Thursday.
Cllr Philip Booth, Stroud District councillor for Randwick, Whiteshill and Ruscombe ward (Green Party)
See more here about why we need a yes vote.