'Yes, we need a better politics', say Fairer Votes campaigners

By staff writers
5 May 2011

Fairer votes campaigners from all parties and none have called upon people across Britain to vote for improving politics and to reject negativity in today's AV poll.

The call comes as the most recent opinion polls suggest a significant majority for the no change 'No' campaign - which has based its arguments on fear and scaremongering, say 'Yes' activists.

"The only vote that counts is the one you and I cast today, and it is still possible for enough people to reject the politics of fear and support the Alternative Vote as a decisive improvement on the present system, which wastes millions of our votes," a 'Yes' campaigner told Ekklesia this morning.

The call for change has also come from a host of party leaders and MPs, including Labour's Ed Miliband, Angus Robertson of the SNP, Caroline Lucas of the Green Party, and Ieuan Wyn Jones of Plaid Cymru.

In a letter published in the Guardian, they write: "We need a better politics which is why we want to change the old system of First Past the Post so that people can have the Alternative Vote.

"We urge everyone – from all parties and of none – who believe in a better politics to join us in voting Yes tomorrow."

Margaret Ritchie of the SDLP and David Ford from the Alliance in Northern Ireland also signed the letter.

Members of churches and faith bodies, community groups, charities, political reformers, civil rights activists and neighbourhood organisations have backed the 'Yes to Fairer Votes' initiative.

The poll is taking place across Britain today, Thursday 5 May 2011, along with local elections in parts of England, and parliamentary elections in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Ekklesia backs the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign

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