People who vote for the fringe parties, like the BNP, can have their votes counted several times under AV, while those voting for mainstream parties have their vote counted just once. I regard that as profoundly unfair.
The Alternative Vote system is also more complicated, which could result in several millions being spent on educating the voters and counting the votes. When the Government is working hard to tackle the deficit, it doesn’t make sense to switch to a less fair system that makes the vote counting process more expensive and time-consuming.
It speaks volumes that AV is only used by three other countries – Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. While AV is used by around 130 million people, First Past the Post is used by a massive 2.4 billion people across the world. Why would Britain change our tried and tested system for one that has been rejected by almost every other country?
Matthew Elliott is Campaign Director of NO to AV