Monday, May 02, 2011

"Lies" peddled by the 'NO' campaign

The methods and tactics of the 'No' campaign, supported by their traditional newspapers, have been nothing short of unbelievable. A friend of mine, who is involved in compliance on television, advised me that the Advertising Standards Agency should be alerted to the lies that the 'No' campaign have been peddling on billboards up and down the country. IT JUST GOES TO SHOW HOW IMPORTANT PRESERVING THE PRESENT ANTIQUATED VOTING SYSTEM IS TO THE 'NO' CAMPAIGN. A CHANGE WILL BE THE START OF THE END TO THE TRIBAL POLITICS* THAT HAS DOGGED OUR DEMOCRACY.

*Vote for us or the other lot, you really don't want, get in.

The attached letter appeared in the Metro on 21st April. How is it that letters such as this are allowed without censure? METRO have placed this letter in their paper, arguably knowing that there is no basis in fact. However, by printing a letter they have undue influence in an important referendum. METRO wouldn't publish a letter saying a vote for Ken Livingstone next year is wasted because of changes to the Greater London Authority Act 2007. Why? because its complete nonsense, BUT apparently it is acceptable to publish a letter that is nonsense, yet can pass as fact to influence voters in a referendum. Is this fair?

Below is a letter I sent to the METRO which they haven't published:

Lawrence Barnett (Metro Mail 21st April) is apparently a victim of the misinformation surrounding AV that is in circulation. He wants to vote for only one candidate. Under the AV system proposed, you can. The AV ballot paper will look exactly the same as it currently does. Instead of only putting an ‘X’ in just one box, you will be able to put a ‘1,2,3…' and so on in as many boxes as you please. You can rank as many or as few candidates as you like. If you only want to support one candidate, you can - just mark an ‘X’ as you did before. AV gives you the freedom to show support sincerely for any number of candidates you feel are up to the job.

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