There can be no one who voted or campaigned for the Alternative Vote who believed it to be anything other than a first step towards full reform of the electoral system. Initially, Nick Clegg's petulant description of it as a “miserable little compromise” seemed an example of the perfect being permitted to become the enemy of the possible. However, it now seems that the pursuit of incremental change may have turned out to be a mistake.
The main arguments used by the 'No to AV' campaign are, if taken to their logical conclusion, arguments against democracy. Every one of their leading arguments could be used an argument against holding elections at all.
If you’ve received a leaflet from the ‘No to AV’ campaign, you may have noticed a map showing that only three countries use the Alternative Vote system. But there are lots of things the map does not show.
For some years, Ekklesia has been arguing the case for political and voting reform in Britain as part of a values-based change in public life. Over the coming few months we will be making an even more substantial contribution, with co-director Jonathan Bartley being seconded* for part of the week as a spokesperson for the Yes! To Fairer Votes campaign.