Dan Snow on why the alternative vote is preferable to first past the post

I’ve mixed feelings about celebrities endorsing a campaign one way or the other. They certainly should be as free as the rest of us to express their views in public, but unless the cause of their celebrity gives them a particular expertise in the subject there’s no particular reason to be swayed by their views beyond those of anyone else.

However, there is one other exception to this, which is when a celebrity is so at least in part because they are an expert communicator – and then getting them to argue a case and so make use of their communications skills makes a lot of sense.

So it’s good to see the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign makes good use of accomplished TV presenter Dan Snow:

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  • Paul Griffiths 24th Apr '11 - 2:44pm

    Rather let down at the end IMO by reference to other electoral systems as being “very like” AV.

  • David from Ealing 24th Apr '11 - 2:53pm

    Dan Snow or Baroness Warsi? Dan Snow for me.

  • Sandra Folliot 24th Apr '11 - 10:08pm

    And the fact that Dan Snow is an historian also gives him so ‘expertise’

  • Sandra Folliot 24th Apr '11 - 10:09pm


  • @ Paul Griffiths
    Rather than setting the hares running over voting systems in the Scottish and Welsh parliaments etc., let’s just pray that the Yes to Fairer Votes campaign does something constructive to get this seen by undecided voters and those who’ve been scared off voting for this very modest reform.
    The general consensus among ‘the campaign’s supporters on its website is that the first TV broadcast has been a resounding flop. With polls showing that the megaphone rant about the Alternative Vote making MPs work harder and curbing a repeat of the expenses scandal has failed to resonate, this video simply but skillfully demonstrates the system’s major advantage over FPTP in producing a result that more people can agree on.

  • That is the most ridiculous piece of reasoning I have ever seen in my life! Simple choice, alcohol or coffee. Why were there more choices of pubs than coffee shops? If it was OJ, breast milk, hot chocolate etc. it may have made a little more sense.
    And Dan, whilst I enjoy your programmes you are in danger of disappearing up your own a**e very soon!!!

  • I’ve voted Liberal all my life, though my vote has never counted for anything because i live in a safe Conservative seat. I’ve voted Liberal for one simple reason ‘That I want my vote to count, and I want to live in a real demoncracy, not a fake one.’

    For that reason I shall be voting ‘No!’ to the Alternative Voting system. Its no more democratic that first past the post, and my vote will still not count. In fact, its a betrayal of everything that the Liberal party said they would do if they ever got into power, and as such its the last time in I ever vote Liberal too. Along with all the other promises that have been forgotten by the Liberal party as soon as they got a foot in the door, the AV system is not proportional representation and as such is just a waste of money.

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