Debunking that AV myth

I wasn’t going to say anything but frankly I’ve heard enough bunkum about how AV will make MPs work harder. What absolute nonsense. I think what they (those on favour of AV) are tryying to suggest is that it will remove many seats which are seen as safe. I get that as a concept, although there will still be more than a few seats where as I said about a seat I once stood in, you could put a donkey with a red rosette on it, and it would still win.

Now if those pro AV MPs spouting this nonsense really believe it will make MPs work harder, a) are they admitting that they themselves currently do not fight for every vote, and and work as hard as possibly representing every constituent, and not just those who voted for them, and; b) if they really believe there are MPs who would work harder due to AV – would they care to name any MP (one of their colleagues who they believe is not working as hard as possible?

I await a response, but don’t expect one, as the allegation just isn’t true.

If they are talking about campaigning, well take the 1997 election. I actually stood for the Referendum party. Millions of pounds weres spent. We fought for every vote. Candidates worked their socks off. They knew they were unlikely to get elected.

If they are talking about existing MPs well they are even more way off the mark. Are they seriously suggesting an MP will only deal with constituency casework and problems from those who voted for them? Seriously? No – of course not, and not one MP will dare make that allegation against a colleague.

What if I got elected by AV and then decided I would stand down at the next election having done teh job for 12 months. AV wouldnt make me work harder – I decided I was leaving. I would do what the hell I liked. The electoral system would be of no consequence.

Lets not kid ourselves. In ever walk of life there are some people who work hard and some less so. I am just wholly unconvinced that the likes of Clegg or Cable will be working harder for their constituents if there are elected under AV – yet they seem to suggest they wll. In which case does’t that beg the question why aren’t they working at full tilt now?

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