As I've mentioned before, there's a referendum coming up on May 5th in which we get to vote Yes or No on the Alternative Voting system.
There are now only a few short weeks left to discuss and debate the relative merits of AV vs. FPTP, and only one week left for unregistered voters to register. In light of this - here's a flyer I was commissioned to illustrate by the YES To Fairer Votes campaign last week:
Now, I think it's relatively clear which side of the fence I'm sitting on regarding this issue but I just want to say - I don't really mind if you vote Yes or No as long as you actually turn up and vote.
Polling data suggests extremely low turnouts on May 5th - especially here in London - which is genuinely worrying. Call the vote on AV boring if you will. Call it uninteresting if you must. But it IS important.
We're talking about fundamentally changing our system of voting. If you've been supporting or spectating on the recent protests about the cuts, you should have a vested interest in changing the way in which you get to have your say.
There hasn't been a huge amount of coverage of AV in the media. What little there has been has tended to focus on the way in which the Yes and No teams have been conducting their campaigns. Which is a shame. These boring non-stories tend to put people off - they put me off. Hopefully, as May gets closer, we'll start to to see some proper debates and discussions about AV in the coming weeks. Here's a piece by Andrew Rawnsley in this mornings Observer in which he makes the case for AV - he spends half the article getting there, but it's a start.
Anyway. Go and vote. Register if you haven't already. If you're unsure about the reasons why you should vote Yes - go look here. Some reasons to vote No are here. Here's the wikipedia entry on AV. And here's a funny song by MJ Hibbett about why he's voting Yes (and manages to explain how it works as he does so).
Apologies to any non-UK readers who can't even vote on this. Normal service of self-promotion and/or pretty pictures will resume shortly.