Cable urges support for AV in Britain
Mon, 02 May 2011 12:13:18 GMT
British Business Secretary Vince Cable is calling on voters to support the shift to the alternative vote to prevent Tories from dominating the press in the 21st century as they did in the 20th.
In an article for The Independent on Sunday, Cable will describe the AV vote as a "historic opportunity" saying the referendum offers the nation the chance of a lifetime for reform.
The Liberal Democrat cabinet minister will say AV would "prevent repeated unrepresentative government of the political right" taking the fight directly to the Prime Minister whose party is backing the No campaign to the AV reforms.
Cable will say voters should ensure the past “grey Conservative-dominated century” is not repeated in the 100 years ahead.
“The forces of reaction have been impressively marshalled on the battlefield. Not a single Conservative parliamentarian has broken ranks in an uncompromising defence of the status quo,” Cable says.
"The country's right-wing newspapers - both the Murdoch and non-Murdoch titles - have swallowed their dislike of the coalition's liberal compromises, and of each other, to line up solidly behind the No campaign.”
"There is a real danger that because of factional dislikes on the progressive side of British politics, we shall again miss a historic opportunity," Cable's article reads.
According to Cable, the only bright points in the 20th century politics against a “grey” background of Tory-led governments were the 1906 Liberal administration, which created the old age pension, and the 1945 Attlee government, which launched the NHS.
He also called on Labour, Lib Dem and Green supporters to ask themselves “why is it that the Conservatives are pulling out all the stops, with their millionaire backers pouring the contents of their coffers into the No campaign?”
"It is because they know that first past the post is stacked in their favour and they are determined to keep it," he says.
The supporters of the shift to the AV in the upcoming referendum this weekend are especially worried as a poll by the Daily Mail shows 51 percent of voters are against the AV reform while only one in three support it.