Politician’s fix is a miseable compromise

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Albert Road

Sowerby Bridge

Tim Kirker (Your say, March 29) says there are few countries in the world that use the same voting system as us, when in fact half the world does, against only Australia, Fiji and Papua New Guinea using the Alternative Vote.

In Australia AV is so unpopular they are campaigning to replace it.

Other countries that use proportional representation use the Single Transferable Voting system, a choice between parties and candidates.

When in opposition Nick Clegg said of AV, “a miserable little compromise” and a “pure politician’s fix”.

How his tune has changed now AV has given him the chance of permanent coalition with either of the two other main parties. Because that’s what AV would do.

George Simpson