Tuesday, October 09, 2007

MMP : The Truth About FPTP - The Summary

Over five pieces, I have discussed the truth about FPTP. If you couldn't tell, most of it was in response to the ironically named "Truth" About MMP list put out by the advocates for the status quo.

The fact of the matter is, the referendum isn't about choosing whether or not we should move to mixed member proportional (MMP); it's about choosing to remain on the first-past-the-post or moving to mixed member proportional.

The advocates of the current system will tell you the real solution is to fix the current system and not to change, but somehow in the same breath argue that the system has worked well unchanged for a couple of hundred years.

The advocates of the current system will tell you they support electoral reform but that the real solution is to find a different electoral system other than MMP, but somehow fail to explain why we haven't explored a different electoral system for a couple of hundred years.

The fact of the matter is, the advocates of the current system want to remain on first-past-the-post. What they don't want you to know, however, is the truth about first-past-the-post.
This is the truth about FPTP.

Updated: Reworked the wording of the last paragraph.


aginsberg said...

Please note the following sections of the referendum law:

Section 1:

“referendum advertising” means advertising in any broadcast, print, electronic or other medium that,

(a) has the purpose of promoting a particular result in the referendum, and

(b) appears during the referendum period,

Section 17:

(2) No person or entity shall arrange for or consent to referendum advertising that appears during the blackout period. O. Reg. 211/07, s. 17 (2).

(3) No broadcaster or publisher shall allow a referendum advertisement to appear during the blackout period. O. Reg. 211/07, s. 17 (3).

Scott Tribe said...

Oh brother

We have a concerted effort by Aaron and the No side to shut down free speech. Are you writing a letter to the Toronto Star today as well, Aaron?

Werner Patels said...

I am glad, Jim, that you have spent some time on the issue because it's important. FPTP is undemocratic and needs to be scrapped.

Jim said...

From Scott's site:

Update to last post about actually blogging on MMP today

Now, the EO official did stress to me they reserve the right to investigate other blogs on a case-by-case basis if something is brought to their attention, but the basic point to all of this was that as long as the blog you are running is of a personal nature, EO has no problem with you blogging on the MMP topic - its a form of free expression. If you’re getting paid to blog by a particular side and doing the blogging however, that isn’t so fine.