At the last election I was fairly ambivalent as to which party I supported, which is unusual for me. But I was pretty certain that I did not want the Conservatives to win!
- I was sure that the Osborne form of sado-masochistic economic policy in which we bow to the rich and famous in the naive belief that what is good for them will also be good for the rest of us, was straight wrong.
- I was sure that the extreme right wing hiding in the bushes under the Cameron PR veneer of a rehabilitated ‘Conservative brand’, were a real and present danger.
- In fact almost every one of their policies from schools to immigration, and from banks to Europe rang alarm bells…
The trouble was that I didn’t know how to vote against the Conservatives in my own constituency because the anti conservative vote was evenly split, and the inevitable then happened. The Conservatives won with a minority of the vote because the anti-conservative vote was split. Clearly AV would have solved my dilemma…….. but it becomes even more interesting if you follow through the logic.
Under an AV system all parties would understand that choosing policies that alienate large numbers of voters would not be a successful strategy, so it is very likely that extremists within all parties will loose strength. And I would maintain that anything that strengthens the middle ground of politics against the extremist fringes, is very likely to be good for he country.