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99 Reasons To Vote NO To AV From The Yes Campaign

April 9, 2011

Yes to Fairer Votes Consider AV A Laughing Stock

Not to long ago, Vote No To AV unveiled the Voting Yes but Saying No page, a collection of over 30 quotes from 16 key players in the Yes campaign. These ranged from the high profile politicians such as Nick Clegg and Caroline Lucas, to the campaign staff themselves. Today we concede defeat and must bow down in front of the No campaign.

The No camp have unveiled  ‘99 Reasons To Vote No To AV… Told By the Yes to AV Campaigners‘, this 36 page document details at great length the hypocrisy of  the Yes campaign. From staffers, to directors, to politicians and celebrity backers, none are sparred the embarrassment of seeing their past wisdom about why AV is so awful in print.

The highlights of the document include the two page spread of Pam Giddy, Chair of Yes to AV Steering Committee saying:

(AV is) “a system hand-picked by ministers which allows voters to rank candidates but would do nothing to end the unfairness in the current system. This is no way to rebuild trust.” (Pg.22)

Neal Lawson, Director of Compass and Head of Campaigns for Yes to AV saying:

Is AV enough? The answer is no… Given the scale of the problem, is this rather minor reform worth bothering with?

Peter Facey, Director of Unlock Democracy and Yes to AV Steering Committee member stated:

AV … is not proportional and a mere baby step in the right direction (… )Parliament will remain as unrepresentative and subsequently unresponsive as ever

James Graham, Press Officer for Unlock Democracy, and Yes to AVCampaigns and Communications Manager was on message saying:

Superficially (AV) sounds like a big deal, but in most elections it will probably only change the result in a handful of seats.

Outside of the Yes campaign there is of course our old favourites of Nick Clegg, Chris Huhne and Caroline Lucas as well as the Electoral Reform Society, but also from Wayne David MP, Spokesman for Labour Yes to AV:

I am convinced that first past the post is the mostappropriate method of election in this countr y for all tiersof government

There is a whole wealth of quotes to use in leaflets, local papers, on the doorstep and online to highlight how the Alternative Vote is barely anyones first preference and for the Yes campaign… well I don’t think they’d even rank it as a preference.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2011 1:41 PM

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  2. April 11, 2011 5:18 AM

    Only counted 5… under first post the post system I guess that’s the same as 99

    • April 11, 2011 12:23 PM

      Well under AV, all the quotes from the back of the book would make a difference and in the end when all the quotes were moved about it still wouldn’t fill up 50% of the booklet.


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