Colin Firth has complained that the name, “Colin,” is the kind of name you now give a pet gold fish.
I am happy to pass this on to all other Colins, that I had assumed would see the logic and the fairness of the “Yes” AV campaign. I have conducted a survey and I note that most, if not all Colins, tend to think otherwise. It may be that Colins are inclined to vote “No” to AV, due to this mysterious affinity with gold fish, and like all gold fish, they may have already forgotten the extremely ugly characteristics of the “No” campaign: the lying and the misrepresentation.
No Liberal Democrat has ever coveted power in Westminster. That would be unthinkable, even given the accident of the result of the 2010 Election that gave Britain the first coalition that I have known.
I have learnt that after a lifetime of voting Liberal and then Liberal Democrat, that you only do so out of conviction. Having voted dutifully at every election I have never enjoyed or even expected to be, as a consequence, represented in parliament by someone I actually voted for. That has never happened. However, by default I am therefore proud to say that I am not responsible for anything that has gone wrong during my lifetime; the poll tax, the war in Iraq, the banking crisis: I plead not guilty on all counts.
The AV debate is about power and influence, and all gold fish know this but then forget inexplicably.
If you vote Yes to AV you will finally make me personally responsible for what goes wrong, if it could only possibly get any worse. Conversely if you vote “No”, you will be held responsible for ever because the country will continue to be run by minorities who do not represent the will of the electorate, and that would be you and me.
Unlike goldfish named Colin, you will not be able to forget, because everyone that voted “Yes” will not stop blaming those that voted “No”..
Make me responsible for everything, and make your MP work harder for your vote. Vote “Yes” to AV.