A quick scan of the AV referendum results underlines the â€œchattering classâ€ nature of the Yes campaign and its voters. I saw reporting that only 10 voting areas said Yes. Having scanned the results twice I can only find 9. I donâ€™t know why the Electoral Commission canâ€™t publish a spreadsheet, it is not as if they donâ€™t use them to do their job! The 9 is simply a list of centres of metropolitan silliness: Cambridge, Camden, Edinburgh Central, Glasgow Kelvin, Hackney, Haringey, Islington, Lambeth and Oxford. The most Yes voting area? Hackney. Only another 20 voting areas scrapped over the 40% Yes line. Again all metropolitan centres such as Brighton and Hove, Cardiff Central, etc. The only exceptions were the 9,000 voters on the Shetland Island and Northern Ireland where the whole result was lumped together.
Of the 11 regions of the UK Northern Ireland got the biggest Yes at 43.68%. London was the most Yes in England but still didnâ€™t get over the 40% barrier. 5 out of 9 English regions were less than 30% Yes and 8 out of 9 were less than 32% Yes.
I expect to die before we change first past the post. Yeah!
Update: The borough I did not spot when scanning was Southwark.