Articles tagged with Yes to Fairer Votes
by Amber Elliott / 06 May 2011 11:56
Lord Mike Storey
Lib Dem Lord Storey did not have a good evening in Liverpool. The former leader of the Lib Dem group lost one 11 seats for the party. First elected to the city council in 1973, he became the youngest chair of education in the history of Liverpool and sat as a councillor for 38 years. Sadly, times-they-are-a-changing, and Lord Storey lost his seat to an 18-year-old Labour candidate. Newly-elected teenager
by Harry Cole / 03 May 2011 16:31
The final AV referendum broadcasts are set to go out tonight and tomorrow. Yes have chosen to explain their “miserable little compromise” of a system through a beer vs coffee analogy. But how does such a simplistic attempt to demonstrate a messy and anti-democratic system fit with the rest of the campaign?
From the start there have been some outrageous, grand, sweeping statements about what AV could do and what this
by Amber Elliott / 03 May 2011 14:23
AE: When did you first get involved with the campaign?
TF: You could say it was when I joined the Liberal Party in 1986. It wasn’t the only reason that I got into politics but it was a major motivating factor. The sense of injustice at the 1983 election which saw Margaret Thatcher return with a 140 seat majority despite getting 40% of the vote and then proceeding to sell-off a whole load
by Harry Cole / 27 Apr 2011 09:20
It seems that the heat and regal excitement has whipped one or two people who should really know better into a bit of a frenzy. In the last few days some wild accusations, ugly names, barmy ideas and frankly bonkers predictions have been bandied about.
The AV gloves came off last week, but nobody was expecting the Yes campaign to bring a knife to the fight. Mandy says it will hurt Dave, the No
by Amber Elliott / 26 Apr 2011 10:49
A couple of weeks ago, I bemoaned the poor standard of video campaigns from the Yes and No camps. But this Yes to Fairer Votes video is, frankly, hilarious.
(h/t Harry Cole)
UPDATE: The No camp has hit back with this humdinger. Thank you Guido Fawkes for bringing this to our attention.
by Laurence Durnan / 07 Apr 2011 21:40
Let's make up a figure and watch the Yes campaign go mental. And so was hatched, according to my associate familiar with the inner workings of the No to AV operation, the plan to claim the Alternative Vote will cost the Treasury £250m. Such a ruse will not seem unfamiliar to those with knowledge of the aggressive do-what-it-takes tactics of the TaxPayers' Alliance. Leading No to AV from the front, former TPA chief
by Amber Elliott / 06 Apr 2011 15:34
I am currently wading my way through piles of literature from the Yes and No camps for an article. But some of the best stuff has come from online. Take a look at these blogs for amusing, factual and thoughtful arguments from both sides.
Left Foot Forward disputes Labour No claims on AV in its usual satisfyingly efficient way.
Ed Howker at The Spectator questions the Yes
by Amber Elliott / 21 Mar 2011 11:37
I'm currently working on a feature for the next issue about the referendum on 5 May and how both Yes to Fairer Votes and No to AV are running their campaigns.
I came across a couple of videos from both campaigns that are worth thinking about. In terms of style, they are remarkably similar. Both use members of the public to promote Yes or No. Both stress their diverse range of supporters and
by Shane Greer / 24 Feb 2011 16:48
I really don't care if Yes to AV are receiving substantial funding from a company that will be sure to benefit financially from AV. But I do take exception to their attempts to hide the truth.
Let's be honest. People, companies and trade unions support the political parties and causes which support their objectives. It would be odd if they did anything else. But if we put the Yes campaign's attempt to