I have been involved in a number of discussions recently about the voting system. Most of us know what we don’t like about first-past-the-post but are far more divided in our views when it comes to the alternatives. PR does not necessarily increase participation and many such systems break the link between the MP and the constituency which is deeply rooted in British culture.
I would now support the alternative vote as a way of ensuring every MP has a majority of the votes cast in a constituency – it’s a simple reform and the least contentious. If someone wants full PR they might see this as a step on that road. I just see it as a reform whose time has come.
What do you think?