No sooner was AV resoundingly rejected, than the local election results showed why First-Past-The-Post (FPTP) needs replacing.
It highlighted that the NO campaign had won the referendum by scaremongering about AV, not by proving the case for FPTP.
Looking at the results for Rother District Council makes for interesting reading, the Conservatives got 53 percent of the vote and 71 percent of seats, the Lib-Dems 21 percent vote / 13 percent seats and Labour 16 percent vote / 5 percent seats.
Those opposed to voting reform make much of the virtue “one person one vote” – well, in Rother, if you voted Conservative the weight of your vote counted for much more than one (1.34 to be precise).
In stark contrast, if you voted Lib-Dem or Labour your cross on the ballot counted for considerably less than one vote (0.64 and 0.33 respectively) ... now that’s just not fair or democratic.
Quite rightly AV is now off the reform agenda, but there is still clearly a democratic case for a more proportional voting system.
Asten Fields, Battle.