Historians against AV

March 11 2011

The Times today. Text here. Signatories include Antony Beevor, Niall Ferguson, Robert Lacey, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Andrew Roberts, David Starkey, Alison Weir, Philip Ziegler.

2 Responses to “Historians against AV”


  1. Why, though? It seems a bit of a knee jerk to me, although I confess I haven’t been following the issue.

    The argument stated in the letter seems to come down to historical predecent, which is pretty weak sauce. As for “the most worthless votes given for the most worthless candidates,” how do we know that’s not happening right now? Given actual electoral results, I suggest the current system could stand some improvement.

    For not-so-serious reasons of persona preference I’ve always wanted to be able to cast a vote and a veto or anti-vote, for the person I absolutely did not want to get in. Of course, that’s a tactical voting disaster, but I still think there would be some value and greater honesty in a negative voting system. I bet voter turnout would go up.

    • davidderrick Says:

      I agree that the letter does not present any clear arguments. There is a parallel one in the Telegraph today, apparently, arguing in favour, from a rather obscure collection of business people.


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