National politics

Just say no

Labour councillor Bassam Mahfouz unwittingly underlines one of the key arguments against AV for me – it amplifies the voice of the fringe. You get to shout Green and vote Labour. You get to protest immigration by voting BNP and then vote Labour. You can protest EU integration with UKIP and then vote Tory. And so on. The silent majority are heard little enough as it is. With AV the fringe gets bigger and the tail wags the dog.