I came across this flow chart floating (haha) around on twitter today.
published by Anthony Smith
Ok, those of you that have spoken to me about similar subjects will probably know where I am going with this.
The argument comes down to one thing.
What is an election for and why do you vote in one?
Is it A) An election is to evaluate the support of each candidate standing for election and we vote to let them know OUR view.
Is it B) An election is a process to try and second guess and/or manipulate in an effort to ensure the rightful winner is only elected if you support them yourself (and trying to ensure they don't win by any means necessary if YOU don't want them to).
I am an "A" person. The author, seems to me, to be a "B" person.
FPTP to any "A" or honest, people (who accept that democracy means the most supported should win) FPTP is simply relieve the list, vote for who you want most.
This is commonly accepted to be a minimum of 91% of people from the research into tactical voting I have read [I am always open to learning so let me know what you find out].
While a falacy so I will not claim it as an argument on its own, the fact that "B"s advocate AV, does very little for the case for "Fairness".
In the same way that Nick Griffin's support doesn't help FPTP at all, but only idiots would use THAT argument right?