Monday, February 05, 2007

Best. Threat. Ever.

At 1.18am this morning, someone from the Provisional wing of the Liberal Democrat party read Jackie Ashley's article in today's Guardian and felt moved to comment:

"the only thing I can disagree with is - an all elected Lords - Fact is the existing parties have screwed up democracy with the crappy first past the post system - What was it Labour elected with 26% of those eligible to vote - No Not more of the same - Proportional representation - and sod the link to the constituencies - we the people want influence on law makers in proportion to our range of beliefs - AND IF YOU DON'T GET ON AND DO THIS - IT WON'T BE LONG B4 THE FIRST HOME GROWN SUICIDE BOMBERS ARE RIPPING THINGS UP A BIT"


At 3:48 pm , Anonymous Tim F said...

I'd like to ask militant PRists quoting statistics such as "of those eligible to vote" the following question:

Where there's an election where more than 50% of those eligible to vote stay at home (eg every council election), should no government be returned? Seems like the logical extension of their argument.

Me, I'm for first past the post for the following reasons:

1) We won the last 3 elections under FPTP. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

2) The only forms of PR that aren't massively anti-democratic (discounting list-based systems, then) encourage people to vote for individuals rather than parties. Quirks over a broad grouping of policies; personalities over class interests.

At 3:57 pm , Blogger donpaskini said...

Not being funny, but I think that talking to people who are willing to consider suicide bombing to secure proportional representation (with the aim of explaining to them why first past the post is a good idea) is potentially quite a dangerous thing to do.

At 2:15 pm , Blogger Mike said...

Hmm...well if this guy blows himself up it will be one less vote for the Lib Dems, which is always welcome...

At 10:10 am , Blogger Vino S said...

I am amused by the idea of a provisional wing of the Electoral Reform Society ;)

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