Says Johann Hari. As a recommendation.
Tags: Judging Johann
// Apr 30, 2011 at 11:00 am
“Today, I have a Member of Parliament I didn’t vote for. So do you, in all likelihood. So do 66 per cent of us. At first glance, that seems impossible in a democracy. How can a huge majority of us end up with an MP we didn’t vote for? Isn’t the whole point of democracy that the majority prevails?”
Harri’s ‘majority’ is not a coherent majority – they are all represented by someone other than which they voted for but they did not all vote for the same party.
Why to blithering idiots like this continue to ignore the constituency part of our democracy? Even with AV the constituency basis will result in what are perceived to be wasted votes and unrepresented people.
An MP is there to represent their entire lump of constituents not just those who voted for them. It is not a system that provides for people to be represented by someone they voted *for* and neither is AV.
I don’t really care for the nominal party colour of my MP. Just as I don’t care for the affiliations, gender, race or religion of any other public servant. What I care about is whether they are doing a good job.
// Apr 30, 2011 at 11:52 am
An MP is there to represent their entire lump of constituents not just those who voted for them.
Come off it. MPs represent the people who vote for them, or who might vote for them. Most importantly, the people who might vote for them, as they consider the people in the posh/poor estates to be already signed up to a party, so will fall in line.
If you live in a marginal and look at the election literature, you can see this. They focus their attentions on the places they know are marginal (from council election results, marketing demographics). That’s also why Conservative and Labour policies are a fag-paper’s width apart. The only differences are to ensure that the base of their parties think that it’s worth turning out for them, rather than voting for say, UKIP.
// Apr 30, 2011 at 9:35 pm
Come off it. MPs represent the people who vote for them, or who might vote for them.
The bad ones, certainly. But then they don’t understand that their job is also to scrutinise legislation and hold the executive to account. The good ones will try to do a good job and also convince the waverers*.
As an aside I have a good NI friend who is a staunch republican. As a youth in the 70′s he freely admits to hurling ricks and other things at squadies. He reckons that Ian Paisley was a great MP because he did go out of his way to represent all his constituents fairly at Westminster.
*OK I’ve had a glass of wine or three and feeling rather optimistic
// May 2, 2011 at 3:06 pm
“AV is like a Simon Cowell TV show”
Huh???? Whilst it is clearly tosh as a recommendation for AV, it’s not even true.
Simon Cowell TV shows are – wait for it – probably better than AV because they are actually multi-round run-offs, not AV.
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