Well sadly I turn 18 2 weeks after the polling day, but that’s not about to stop me sharing my thoughts on it. Weighing up how I would have voted I suppose?
So I suppose I should set out my position first - I’d quite like to see the coalition broken and I’d also like to see voting reform. But as Nick Clegg put it so aptly, AV is a ‘pathetic little compromise’. I don’t want AV, I want a proper proportional system.
So if I was to vote ‘no’ then the effects would probably be:
- The Lib Dems lose the last thing that was holding their credibility together and many of them come to see that there’s nothing left for them in the coalition. But the again would any of them have the integrity to do anything?
- It stops AV, which I don’t especially care for (despite the fact that it seems to hand an advantage to the Labour Party over the Tory Party.) But then it will be taken as ‘the people don’t want reform, so we won’t give it to them’.
And if I was to vote ‘yes’?
- Well firstly I suppose the Lib Dems would see that they had got something from the coalition, and they might resolve to stick with it, which would be disappointing.
- We would get some form of change away from FPTP, which is just such a rotten system that even abolishing democracy all together might seem like a reasonable idea. It might butter the wheels and convince politicians that there is an appetite for reform
- Politicians will argue that the voting reform has been done now. So shut your mouths, we gave you what you asked for.
- It will certainly incense the Tory right. I’m thinking 1922 committee here, all those old bastards will be furious at the so called soft Tories for making any form of compromise, especially one that works against them. So the split could go the other way, with the Tory right (which is already dying to kill the coalition) deliberately sabotaging Cameron and forcing him to have an election. Odd that the Tory right might be Labour’s political allies right now.
- AV seems to disadvantage the Tories, so we might see a little less of them in the future. It also helps parties like the Greens who I would gladly see more of.
Sorry to everyone who had to read that. I was just thinking aloud and procrastinating.