That is depressing enough, but it becomes ludicrous when it is suggested that the single transferable vote (STV) is 'too complex' for voters to understand the relationship between the casting of votes and the result. I hope that it will at least be allowed that there is a relationship (proportionality) as opposed to the first-past-the- post system in which a clear minority of voters have now for many years 'elected' a government.
The counting system takes longer to complete. This is hardly surprising for one that is more representative and sophisticated. The suggestion that it is 'chaotic' is simply pathetic.
Lord Plant may be joking when he says STV is 'too complex', but if he is not, then it would at least be helpful if he explained that he thinks it might be too complex for the English. We have no such difficulty in Ireland, north or south.
DAVID S. COOK
Gilford, County Down
22 JanuaryReuse content