Monday, October 11, 2010

How Alternate Voting Works

HOWDEN, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 10: Election can...Image by Getty Images via @daylife
So, as I understand this, most of the Labour Party wanted David Miliband as their leader, but not enough of them to give him an outright victory, so the alternate voting system came into play.  The Labour party of course has managed to create a voting system even more archaic and byzantine than that employed by either the Conservative Party or the Democratic People's Republic of North Korea.

David Miliband was in the lead for whole of the contest as less popular candidates were eliminated and their second preference votes redistributed in a case of "I don't like Dianne Abbot, but I don't really mind Ed Miliband one way or the other." Eventually, with David Miliband as the out and out clear favourite, his boggly eyed brother Ed won.  No, I don't understand it either.

Applied to a General Election, the second preference voting system will work something like this...

"I want the Labour Party to win, but I hate the BNP so I'm putting them last, and the other parties are all in the middle somewhere."

As the votes are counted the less popular political parties get dropped one by one, out go the BNP, SNP, Plaid Cymru, Lib-Dems, and then to every ones vast surprise, and because nobody actually hates them, the Monster Raving Loony Party wins the 2014 General Election and Alan “Howlin Laud” Hope becomes the next Prime Minister of the UK.  Or, to really put the fear into you, look at the little picture above, the bloke on the right is the MRLP leader, the bloke on the left is ex footballer and full time nutter David Icke, he thinks the Royal Family are actually disguised space lizards from Betelgeuse, and he's allowed to run for election as well.
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  1. So you don't go with Mr. Icke's opinions?

    That dude is 'One Whoopy Frood'!

  2. Anonymous2:00 am

    It's much more simple than you think. Here's the nub of it. If David Miliband had been running against Ed Miliband, he would have lost. The alternative vote revealed that. First-past-the-post would not have revealed that.