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The Incredible Shrinking Man
Actually, I’m not interested in making my MP work harder. Mine does actually work hard, I have no complaint about that. What I’m interested in is making my vote count. If I’m actually in a minority, and most people do want my MP to be there, then fine, but under FPtP it isn’t possible to tell with more than a two-party system. (In fact, my constituency seems close enough to two-party that I doubt it will make much difference, but most places will be a lot closer.)
The main type of voting reform I would like is one I won’t get: separate voting for a representative from voting for who runs the country. I’m actually happy voting for my current MP (Tory) as a person to represent my area, he’s a good bloke, but I don’t want Cameron et al. in charge of the country (well, OK, I can’t think of any of the current lot I would want in charge, I don’t trust any of them, but that’s a different matter).
As I mentioned in my comment on ‘s page, AV isn’t ideal, but if it is voted down, that is the last you’ll see of any electoral reform for the next decade or two.
As for “make your MP work harder”, I see that as “make your MP work harder for your vote”, not “make your MP work harder on day to day business”. My MP is also a fairly hard worker, but with regard to the election, he only has to show up, and he will get in (in fact, he’d get in, even if he didn’t show up).
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