Monday, 9 May 2011
OK, AV was rejected by voters in the UK. I have no doubt that the main reason for this was ignorance. Even at the end most people didn't really know what AV is/was. The main reason for this is that the UK media (newspapers, radio and TV) betrayed their special place in UK politics, and instead of informing the public they took sides and campaigned in the most partisan of ways against reform. The BBC is the worst culprit by far as its *officially* required to (and its mission statement is to) educate and inform - private media are traditionally seen as 'the forth estate' of UK politics and in this it has failed - leaving the public less defended against and more vulnerable to political coercion by the government and prime minister.
Posted by Paul Perrin at 08:18