I read the other day that the yes campaign for the alternative vote in the upcoming referendum had falled behind the No campaign.
I am not sure which is better, but I have a few issues with the Alternative Vote (AV).
A Major one is that the voters of the least popular opponents will be "double counted" first.
Party A: 40%
Party B: 30%
Party C: 20%
Fringe Party: 10%
Since neither party has reached the required vote, the BNP candiate will be knocked off the list and his voters second choices used. The voters who voted for the Fringe Party will in essence have two votes.
(in the above scenario, the voters for Party C will also have 2 votes as with the redistribution of the Fringe Party vote, it will still be unlikely for anyone to have reached 50%.)