Tomorrow we in Britain vote for whether to change how we vote. I argue that our system needs a radical shake up.
There should be no ruling party; all parliaments should be hung. Our three generations of current and suceeding monarchs appear more worthy rulers than many of the prime ministers in living memory; perhaps the Royal family should have more than a ceremonial role in our politics. I believe they are no more distanced from ordinary people than politicians are.
I would like to put an end to party politics and have more independent voices in our local councils and in Westminster’s seats.
The reason not everyone votes is not apathy but the feeling that no party represents their views, and that no party is really better or different. There is also the feeling that we’re not really being listened to, like the ‘opportunity to comment’ on the cuts.
Although AV seems quite laborious, I will be voting yes because we need a change. It’s to say ‘not happy with current system’ – but I wish there was a box to say ‘want something else – but neither of the above’. I wish we could say that with candidates too.
We should be able to say who we’d like locally and who we’d like to be in parliament, as separate votes.
I would like to see an end to wards and constituencies, and being tied to the person who is standing for that area. What if they are useless, or of very different views, or known to me? To then whom can I turn? I think we should be able to approach MPs on their interests and views, as we can with Lords and MEPs.
And I wish there was a box for ‘stop running our country like a hard headed business and return to the values that matter’.
I’d put an X there.