Mentioning Canada wasn’t a good idea

I’ve been looking over the No to AV website this morning, and had a good laugh when I read their section on why FPTP is better than AV. The reasons provided, six in all, are: It creates strong governments It excludes extremist parties It’s fair It’s simple to understand It’s cheap It’s the most widely used system in the world. It was this last point that had me laughing, because they name some of the countries which use FPTP, and include Canada in the list. I think that by including Canada, they’ve essentially undermined two of what they probably think are their strongest “pro” points. FPTP creates strong governments. You’d never know that by looking at what’s been happening in […]

Worst of both worlds

As the pro- and anti-AV campaigns in the UK properly get underway with the launch of websites (the Yes side here, the No side here) in anticipation of the May referendum, I would like to take this opportunity to plug an excellent critique of the First-Past-the-Post voting system that recently appeared on the British Politics and Policy at LSE blog. Despite its most unwieldy title (“In 2005 not a single MP was returned with active majority support amongst their local citizens. The UK’s ‘First Past the Post’ voting system no longer works – it is the worst of both worlds“), the blog post itself, authored by Guy Lodge and Glenn Gottfried is a scathing indictment of FPTP – as if […]