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If you want to change the system, you have to do a darned sight better job of explaining why than the Yes2AV campaign managed. They were always behind the story instead of out in front, always distracted, never campaigning.

In fact, if it weren't for the No2AV adverts, nobody would even have known there was a referendum going on. And people were getting overpaid good money to run this sort of nonsense, whose side were they really on ?

And to cap it all, these supposedly professional campaigners seemed shocked to discover that tories (and David Blunkett) tell lies to achieve their ends, again and again and again. It's as TBG wrote in his diary

1. Reduce arguments to trite dog-whistle talking points - such as flip-flopper, tax-and-spend, "soft on defence", and so on.

2. Lie. Repeatedly, in public, with no moral consistency in their talking points.

If you accept that the purpose of politics is power, not integrity, neither of these becomes shocking.

Do they not pay attention ? Gah !!

I have to say I was disappointed that Labour seemed so half-hearted about campaigning. A bit of Ed Miliband here, a bit of Eddie Izzard there. But a poll reveals that 60% of Labour voters didn't know that Labour were in favour of reform, largely cos the only labour politicians we saw campaigning were John Reid, David Blunkett and Margaret Beckett, all of whom were on the No side.

If Labour really wanted AV to win, then they didn't really give much of a sign.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Fri May 6th, 2011 at 11:12:20 AM EST
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I guess you're right, but a question remains: how can one vote for first past the post? It's so obviously atrociously bad, probably the worst of all systems. Anything would be better. Yet lots of people actually bothered to go and cast a vote to keep it.

Earth provides enough to satisfy every man's need, but not every man's greed. Gandhi
by Cyrille (cyrillev domain yahoo.fr) on Sat May 7th, 2011 at 01:37:26 AM EST
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Internally in the party I came across a few MPs who were proactive about encouraging party members to vote yes.  For our Welsh MPs the focus for their time was supporting Welsh Labour in the Assembly elections.  

Still I would have expected English Labour MPs to be more active on encouraging a yes vote, even though there was no party line as such.

Saw a comment on twitter that has been retweeted massively - "32% of people vote for AV and that's a rejection. 35% of people vote for the Tories and that's a 5 year mandate"

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sat May 7th, 2011 at 05:32:25 AM EST
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