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Vote YES!

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I’m dismayed at all the so called liberal and progressive thinkers who are calling for a “No”.

If you vote “No” you’re voting to support the corrupt, self-serving politics that is holding this country back.

I think AV is a terrible idea but it would be even worse to let those lazy, selfish, tabloid slaves that are supposed to represent us carry on as they are.

Vote “No” for more of the same.  Vote “Yes” for the chance of some change.

Those of you who can’t be bothered to get off your backsides even to spoil your ballot paper deserve nothing.  If you want to be part of society then take responsibility and vote.  I’d make it complusory and if you don’t show up you can forget any benefits, NHS, waste collection or other public services – and you can stop your moaning too!

Written by Peter Reynolds

May 5, 2011 at 10:36 am

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  1. yes has been voted


    May 5, 2011 at 10:51 am

  2. […] Those of you who can’t be bothered to get off your backsides even to spoil your ballot paper deserve nothing.  If you want to be part of society then take responsibility and vote.  I’d make it complusory and if you don’t show up you can forget any benefits, NHS, waste collection or other public services – and you can stop your moaning too! via […]

  3. I voted yes.

    All I want at the next election is to be able to vote honestly rather than have to calculate how my vote would have the greatest impact.


    May 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

  4. Legalize Cannibas for medical-clinical uses . stand up and speak Your mind stand-unite as 1

    John Hickey

    May 5, 2011 at 12:07 pm

  5. Well, I suppose it had to happen Peter, I can’t find anything to complain about with this post, we seem to agree totally.

    FWIW I’v been running a little front page feature on UKCIA for the past month in favour of a yes vote and bloged it here, it’s the first time UKCIA has ever gone off topic, but I feel it was important.

    AV is a rubbish systam, it’s only saving grace is its not a bad as first past the post and we need to change things urgently.

    If you haven’t voted yet – please go vote yes now


    May 5, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    • I think Jimmy B must be sparking up that spliff now!

      Peter Reynolds

      May 5, 2011 at 12:50 pm

  6. Already voted dude, the obvious decision is of course, Yes!


    May 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    • Just vaping-up, and about to go out and vote YES!


      May 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm

  7. Yes

    simple as that – any change rather than what’s on offer now.

    and I don’t even mind if there is more change for the better tomorrow

    And the next day!


    May 5, 2011 at 3:35 pm

  8. yes


    May 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm

    • Yes indeed.

      One thing that really got my goat about the no campaign was they kept on about how Australian’s hate A.V. and want to get rid of it, well I know a few Aussies and they all tell me it works well for them. Maybe it is the Aussie politicians losing out on their ‘jobs for life’ that want to get rid of it, no-one else seems to want to.


      May 5, 2011 at 8:30 pm

  9. Very, very, very, dissapointed that a political party whose leader originates in Gods Country did not have a candidate on either of the two WAG voting papers.

    I am hoping to see a new entry on the voting papers in the future, and, whilst I would like to see a candiate of yours at the next general election (especially if AV passes), I expect your party on the next MEP election voting slip as an absolute minimum.

    As you have previously mentioned though Peter, the AV one was a real no-brainer. Change will allow people to vote for who they really want, instead of tactical voting to prevent the Lie-To-You-party/Con-You-Party/Total-Sellout-Party (pick your least favourite) from being elected.

    Cupid Stunt

    May 5, 2011 at 7:02 pm

  10. Like yourself Peter,

    I just hope that it was a good turn-out 60%+ otherwise it will be meaningless.

    That aside, if you have PR then surely all that will lead to more “hung” (or should that be hanged?) parliaments, who can’t make a decision between them !

    We need strong Governement, and the soloution to that issue really comes down to turn out of the electorate. Also felt that the question was a little badly worded.

    If you can’t be bothered to vote, well as been said before “you get the Government you derserve”.

    Chris R

    May 5, 2011 at 8:44 pm

  11. I voted yes and have yet to meet anyone else who voted no. I get about a fair bit so how some of these polls have the no vote at %60 I will never know!


    May 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm

  12. Voted Yes, despite any reservations- why give the establishment an easy ride.

    Clem the Gem

    May 6, 2011 at 9:03 am

  13. I voted yes and I’ma hoping the majority of the people who voted did too.

    Unlikely but you never know.

    Yumita Yumara

    May 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

  14. Sorry to disappoint, Peter. Not about voting – like you, I could happily see it made cumpolsory – but over the direction of my vote. The fact of having the referendum on AV at all has put back the cause of proper PR for about 15-20 years, so it comes down to which outcome is more likely to lead to a proper PR referendum in the future. I think that if we move to the half-assed compromise of AV we’ll never persuade the public to vote for yet another change to the voting system. Whereas if we stick with FPTP there will still be a straightforward chouice between FPTP and (this time) a useful PR system. I’m sorry, but I don’t see AV as enough of an improvement to feel guilty about rejecting it. Heck, it’s far worse than the system I’ve just used to elect an SNP government in Scotland. SO I’m sorry, but I campaigned “No to AV, Yes To PR” and voted no.


    May 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm

    • Even if AV is worse than FPTP (and it may be), then a yes vote was still the right one. It would have enabled continuing reform. Now, I doubt if even my children will see electoral reform in their lifetime.

      Peter Reynolds

      May 6, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    • PR wasn’t an option this time… If the result comes as a NO there’s a good chance that will be seen as ‘the public like the voting system we have, we won’t offer an alternative again’. Whereas a yes vote will be seen as we are willing to change and open to new possibilities.


      May 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm

  15. Well the results are in! On the largest social study in the uk….69% of voters when shown a large billboard of a dying baby, will do whatever they’re told to do on that billboard.

    There’s our answer Peter, we need a large billboard with a photo of a dying baby saying “this baby doesn’t want to die, it want cannabis legalised in the uk”.

    Also we could send out made up statistics and figures like: not legalising cannabis will cost the uk £250billion.

    It worked for the torys.


    May 7, 2011 at 8:35 am

  16. Finally found something on which we disagree, Peter

    This was a golden opportunity to introduce a fairer voting system and despite years banging on about proportional representation the best solution offered up by the libdems was this arsehole of a system whereby only the 2nd choice votes of the losers are counted.

    Our fore-bearers fought for the principle of ‘one man = one vote’and here we had the libdems wanting to change that for a system where the ‘losers’ get two bites of the cherry – their votes for their 1st and 2nd choice candidate both counted, whereas those of us who vote for the more popular candidates only get our 1st choice vote counted.

    AV is a manifestly undemocratic voting system and I am glad to see it rejected so decisively. I’m pissed off though that Clegg wasted this golden opportunity to introduce a proper system of proportional representation and has likely set back the cause of those seeking PR by his foolish espousal of AV.


    May 8, 2011 at 11:07 am

    • Thank God for that Duncan eh? Maybe we could even fight and argue about it?

      Anyway that’s it, the British sheeple have voted for more of the same. Now, not even in my children’s lifetime will there be any meaningful electoral reform.

      In fact, I should have gone further to begin with. Even if AV is a worse system that FPTP we should still have voted yes because that would have facilitated further reform. There’s a very simple truth at the heart of this. If the self-serving, political establishment says vote one way, then definitely, definitely vote the other way!

      Peter Reynolds

      May 8, 2011 at 11:20 am

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