Thursday, 14 April 2011

Warsi, Dave, hypocrisy and cant

The definition of Tory Democracy doesn't appear to have changed much since Disraeli, except I can't imagine Dave or Georgie writing a half-decent shopping list, let alone a novel.  Cameron's recent effusion on AV makes me particularly amused - as it demonstrates, as if it were needed, the contempt which he feels for lesser mortals not propelled into the stratosphere by parental cash and connections at the Bullingdon.

The forces of darkness seem to have immense difficulty in accepting that nothing in this world is black-and-white, apart from zebras and the odd cat.  The idea that people might have a preference as to who represents them even if their first choice is not elected seems to be anathema to them, even though they use it in internal stitch-up elections within their own party and have made no move to repeal more proportional systems in Wales, Scotland and the bastardised system that gave London the Bouffant Buffoon.  Andrew Rawnsley's comment about electors being seen as too stupid to count beyond one does not give confidence in the education system after a few more years of this.

The real icing on the Tory cake is their Chairperson, the excellent Baroness Warsi, whose electoral track record is second to none.  She is expert at playing the "don't kick me" card while doling out utter drivel about how AV will let in the BNP.  This is hateful and totally irresponsible - as fringe parties will tend to lose out under AV even more than they do under FPTP - and someone with more tact than I possess ought to be calling her out big time.  I'm sure that the Tory spin doctors are playing on the belief that if an Asian woman tells lies about the BNP's chances then the electorate will swallow it out of a combination of naivety and the post-colonial guilt that has been so much in vogue over the last two decades.

Peddling the lies that AV gives people "more votes" - to exercise preferences rather than a binary choice - and "lets in the BNP" does the Tories no favours.  It is, as the Dear Leader, said, a "shabby little compromise" for those of us who would prefer genuine reform, but it is a step along the way to STV in multi-member constituencies, as my trade union policy defines proportional representation!  The Tories are seen to be heading back into the historical position that they have generally adopted since 1832 of resisting reform (with the honourable exception of the aforementioned Disraeli) until it is too late to resist.

AV is a tipping-point, I suspect.  The Tories won't like it if it happens, and the other parties will realise how much the redrawing of constituency boundaries will entrench the minoritarian system without it.

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