As Lindsay Perigo used to say, one of the maddening delusions of our time is the knee-jerk idea that changing our voting system is going to protect our freedom—far more important, we would say, to put our freedoms beyond the vote altogether.
The knee-jerk idea is back again nonetheless, with a group of worthies, unworthies and former examples of both announcing this morning a Vote for Change organisation to promote a voting system that allows voters to throw bums out the front door, without them coming in the back.
Unusually for me, I have no opinion on them, their arguments, or the various voting systems they suggest we (might) change to.
How about you?
NB: The 2011 referendum on the voting system gives you five systems to vote for.
- More Morons in Parliament (MMP);
- First Past the Post (FPP);
- Preferential Voting (PV);
- Single Transferable Vote (STV);
- Supplementary Member (SM)
All five are summarised here.