Sunday, 24 April 2011
Punish the Lib Dems - vote NO to AV
This won't happen exclusively through defeating AV, a dismal scam designed precisely to boost the Lib Dems and ensure they could enter a Tory-led coalition (without open mutiny in the party's grassroots). It will come through a combination of defeating AV and humiliating the Lib Dems with miserably poor shares of the vote in local, Scottish and Welsh elections - losing control of councils and seeing their representation in the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly collapse.
So, it won't just be the AV result that hammers the Lib Dems. But defeating AV will help. This is because introducing AV is vital for Clegg avoiding a wipeout at the next general election, and the promise of AV was essential to forming a viciously right-wing, welfare-slashing coalition in the first place.
No, it won't bring down the whole coalition government. No, it won't hammer the Tories as hard as we'd like. No, it won't substitute for mass working class resistance - on the streets and in the workplaces - to stop the cuts.
But yes, it's still a prize worth winning. Vote NO to AV to punish the Lib Dems, deepen the tensions on their side, and embolden our side.
For a more thorough explanation of the left-wing case for a NO vote, see Counterfire's AV referendum: what we say