[EM] Question for STV-PR supporters
jgilmour at globalnet.co.uk
Thu Jul 17 13:31:25 PDT 2003
But experience shows that
> > real electors are more concerned about their communities
> than about the
> > exactitude of proportional representation.
> My experience shows not!!!
> My experience shows that only politicians are actually making
> all they can to set this as a necessity.
We shall have to disagree. Maybe it reflects differences between the
electorates in our two countries. Maybe.
I do, however, accept that our politicians make a great deal of fuss
about this, especially those who are completely opposed to PR of any
kind. Their protestations about the importance of the present
single-member districts are just a smoke-screen for their opposition to
reform that will (rightly) deprive them of single-party majority control
for 35% to 45% of the votes.
But locality is a real and important issue for electors. When asked
relevant questions in surveys, there is strong support in Scotland for
the idea of having a local representative. And I have seen at first
hand in an STV-PR election in Northern Ireland, voters transfer their
preferences across the parties to secure local representation. To those
voters, PR of their locality was more important than PR of their
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