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Thread #165570   Message #3991033
Posted By: DMcG
06-May-19 - 05:36 AM
Thread Name: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
Subject: RE: BS: Brexit #3: A futile gesture?
not the primitive first past the post system used for Westminster.

I need no convincing of that. I was an early member of Charter 88 which amongst other things wanted a proportional voting system. Of course, when we had the AV referendum, the campaigns were a similar mass of falsehoods and ineptitude we have seen since.

Had we had STV, for example, it would have been quite straightforward for let us say the Conservatives to have two candidates in a ward, one pro-EU and one for leaving the EU. In a conservative dominated area a conservative one would still win, and it would be the one which best reflected the pro/anti view.

And that means we could have had - if it was what the country wanted - an anti-EU decision, where the majority of the MPs were of a similar view, and no need for a special referendum or the subsequent division of the country. Alternatively, the same ward could keep a Tory but vote out anti-Brexit views, if that was its opinion. All settled fairly amicably just by using a grown up voting system.