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AV is a ‘game changer’….

Councillor Rupert Read has been a Green Party City Councillor in Norwich since 2004, to find out more about Rupert visit his blogand twitter. The below letter was published in Prospect.

To the Editor;

Peter Kellner’s piece (Jan. ’11) on how the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill badly underestimates the effect that AV will have on the composition of the Commons.

Because it puts an end to the main form of tactical voting and to the ‘wasted vote’ argument, AV changes the expressed first preferences of voters. For example, the rise of the Greens in Australia has been predicated on growing numbers of Aussies voting Green even if and where the Greens have little chance of winning; voters can affords to do this, because their second preferences etc will still count.

If the AV referendum goes through, expect much more substantial changes to British politics (than Kellner has woken up to) -including an accelerated rise for the Green Party.


C’llr. Rupert Read, one of 21 Norwich Green Councillors



Filed under: Electoral Reform, Green Party,

3 Responses

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by nicola_prigg, Paul Perrin and RupertRead, Broad Left Blogging. Broad Left Blogging said: @GreenRupertRead wrties to Prospect on @Broadleftblog arguing for AV…. […]

  2. […] from AV by Rupert Read     February 18, 2011 at 12:42 pm For everyone, from the BBC and Peter Kellner to Nick Clegg himself, there are assumtions that LibDems will benefit from the referendum in […]

  3. […] contenders to actually win. This is how the Green Party has grown in Australia – see my recent letter in PROSPECT […]

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