There is a lot of bluster about AV at the moment so I thought I’d offer my thoughts on why I will be voting Yes to AV.

It’s not an ideal solution but it is a step in the right direction. In particular I want to vote No to First past the Post.

I live in a constituency that is a fairly safe Labour seat. The only party to come close to challenging Labour are the SNP. I would never consider voting for either of these parties. Because of this my vote is wasted. Even though someone counting all votes nationally will see my vote it will never count towards anyone getting into power.

So for me, while AV is not what I want, it is a step in the right direction. Only when my “contrary to the herd” vote can actually mean something will we have true democracy.

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