The Lib Dems are starting to slip into personal attacks in a desperate attempt to salvage their AV campaign. We have had Chris Huhne sling around the word "liar" against both George Osborne and Sayeeda Wasi, and now Nick Clegg has new accused David Cameron of being part of a "nasty right wing clique" and being party to "lies, misinformation and deceit".
Not only are these words very poorly chosen but people in glass houses really shouldn't throw stones. The AV cmapaign which Nick Clegg supports is riddled with lazy untruths, even the official name of the campaign is disingenuous. The No campaign is called No to AV, clear and straightforward, the Yes campaign call themselves Yes to Fairer Votes. When an organisation has spin woven into their very name you should think seriously about how honest the rest of their claims are.
The AV campaign claim that AV will end jobs for life, it is the main argument that Clegg used to support his "right wing clique" statement. I'm at a loss as to how AV would do this, and it has never been successfully explained by any of the pro AV team. Currently around 200 MPs have over 50% of their constituents' vote, they are the so called safe, "seats for life" MPs that Clegg so despises. AV will have no effect on them at all, so how can it end "seats for life".
The Yes to AV also claim that having to attract 50% of the vote will make MPs work harder, this argument ignores the fact that MPs and candidates in marginal seats (where AV would make a real difference) work hard to try and make their seats safer. If Nick Clegg believes that fear of losing a job is the only motivator for people to work hard he might want to run that idea past the unions who have fought for centuries to end that mindset.
And as for trying to suggest that there is something sinister in the fact that the BNP are also campaigning for a no vote I find that something of an own goal. The BNP are saying no to AV because the feel that it is a miserable little compromise and what they really want is Proportional Representation. Now where have we heard that before?
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