Tuesday, 3 May 2011

A moment of negative clarity

Anyone who is a regular reader of this blog may be under the impression that this is a home for pro-AV propaganda.  I woke up yesterday morning with a clear understanding that the time has come to recant.

Supporting AV suggests that the voters are to be entrusted with the responsibility of selecting their representatives, and, horror of horrors, being able to express a choice that is much more complex than a simple assenting to the least bad candidate put forward by political parties.  This would make elections much too unpredictable as it would give power to the kind of unwashed, semi-literate peasants who might suddenly start taking an unhealthy interest in politics if it made any tangible difference to their lives.

Politics should never be about democracy; far closer to the National Lottery.  The fewer people who select the winning number, the greater their reward should be.  The idea that they might prefer their second- or third-choice candidate to the prime selection of the dinosaur race suggests that they could be tempted into evolving into citizens, rather than subjects.

Giving power to the people, even with the tendency for the AV system to favour established political groupings, is dangerous.  We might never have had the strong government that has made this country what it is today.  That is why we should never even countenance it - after all we haven't had a revolution since 1649.  Repressing the demands of the uppity bourgeoisie has always led to success - just ask Louis XVI.

Just a shame that I voted postally last week ;)

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