First past the post “an insult to democracy” – Kevin Maguire

6 Apr

Alternative Vote as easy as 1,2,3

Kevin Maguire the political correspondent of the Daily Mirror this morning backed the yes vote in the referendum on the 5th of May. He said:

“The Alternative Vote’s as easy as ranking candidates 1, 2, 3 and will increase people’s power ­­over politicians.

“I’m in favour because MPs will be more accountable.

“I’m in favour because MPs will have to work harder.

“I’m in favour because there’ll be fewer neglected safe seats.

“And I’m in favour because we’ll be able to vote with our hearts as well as our heads.”

This is man whose job day in, day out is amongst the MPs. He knows the ins and outs of Westminster like any other political correspondent and he says, “The old first past the post, winner takes all way we’re lumbered with is an insult to democracy. Twice the party with the most votes hasn’t formed the government.”

He says of the campaign for a no vote that they “treat people as fools when claiming they won’t understand a simple change.” This sort of approach has been insulting to people here in Northern Ireland where we do vote preferentially and do know the difference that a fair vote can have.

Don’t be taken for a fool, vote Yes! on 5th May.


One Response to “First past the post “an insult to democracy” – Kevin Maguire”

  1. Joe Smith April 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm #

    Don’t forget to put letters in the local papers, especially the Belfast Telegraph, News Letter and Irish News. There have been two nasty FPTP letters in the News Letter recently, last week by an Alexander Redpath, this week by a Ryan McDowell.

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