We will soon be voting on AV. For any non UK citizens (and any UK citizens who have been hiding in a cave since the last election) this is a change to our voting system.
I am going to do you all a big favour and NOT explain it. This is because unlike just about everybody else pontificating on the subject I am willing to assume that you are at least as intelligent as I am and if I understand it without problems then so can you.
That's actually the point of this post. Just about everybody seems to want to explain something very simple in very convoluted terms. I've heard metaphors involving sharing a bag of apples, choosing a chocolate bar, running a foot race, going to the pub and having a haircut. They have ranged from moronic and inappropriate analogies to almost inexplicable parables. I for one am sick of being patronised by people on both sides of the argument who seem to assume that I am incapable of counting to three. I understand why the "No" proponents have a vested interest in making it sound complicated but even the "Yes" lobby manage to make it hard work. Tonight's "Yes" broadcast had a bunch of people deciding which pub to go to as the analogy du jour. Once again it made it look a lot more complicated than it actually is, and this from the people telling me it's simple.
And that's the only real difference between the tactics being used to persuade me one way or the other. The "No" group start with "this is really difficult but..." and the "Yes" group start with "this is really easy and..." with what follows being more or less indistinguishable.
I for one am tired of being talked down to by both sides. It's enough to turn me off voting all together.