Voting to change the system for good
Commenting on the possibility of a hung parliament in the General Election on 6 May 2010, and the opposition to it, Simon Barrow of the beliefs and values thinktank Ekklesia said:
"Those who have a vested interest in the status quo, and who can thereby maintain their political and economic monopoly on a minority of votes in a non-proportional voting system, have been very vocal in calling for a 'decisive verdict' - which actually means allowing them to continue to divide-and-rule.
"But for the first time in modern history, the British public actually have an opportunity to vote for real change, and to refuse to allow the system to outvote them.
"By voting for the smaller parties, independents, and the candidate most likely to assist a 'hung parliament' outcome, people who fear their votes might be wasted under first-past-the-post can make them count in the most powerful way possible."
The Hang 'Em site offers a voters' guide to achieve this end, and 'change politics - for good', constituency by constituency: http://hang-em.com/?cat=4
Ekklesia is a sponsor of Hang 'Em and of Power2010.
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