To protect the innocent names are omitted but here some quotes give the flavour:
1. We're the only non-two party state in the world that still has first Past the post.
2. First past the post only works fairly with a two-party state.
3. Currently someone can easily become your MP with 70% of your town voting for someone else.
4. Hardly any young people now vote because they see no point - AV, in all the surveys appeals to young voters (for example L and O both support it).
5. Many tories can see some sense in the UKIP position but can't currently vote UKIP as it would let a labour or Liberal candidate in. With second preference
UKIP will possibly become a major influence in UK politics. UKIP potentially can do for England/Wales what the SNP has done for Scotland - eg make us all
6. If you are left leaning then AV will also help Green's - its definately a second choice of many many many "caring" types - but also "RESPECT" might pick up a seat
or two (and why not?).
7. The BNP are against AV as they are like marmite - you love or loath them - there is no in the middle so they will not pick up many second places (the second
right wing places will nearly always be UKIP).
8. Vote AV as its what the next generation want.
That’s far too serious an e-mail to greet me on my return to work this morning. Let’s lighten the tone. I prefer this one :
The remaining 23% of 'Don't Knows' would be split 14% to keeping AV on 2nd choices and 9% to PR, thus preventing progression to full Proportional Representation by giving the people what they "really" wanted.....;)
As an aside, my apathy for voting in General Elections extends to this referendum. Not for any lack of interest in politics itself, but because I've yet to be convinced there will be any noticeable difference to the way things are. I'll probably vote if we go to true PR, although I won't vote in any referendum for us to get there....
P.S. ..., yes, I firmly believe that anyone that is willing to make the effort to vote 'Don't Know' would also have a second choice of either 'Yes' or 'No' - that's the wonderful world of democracy for you and allowing any fool to have a vote....