Andrew Ducker (andrewducker) wrote,
Andrew Ducker

Politics and Demonstrations

I'm a fan of democracy. I think that First Past The Post is a grossly unfair system that causes all sorts of iniquities.

I've been very happy by the surge of interest in Proportional Representation, and been paying keen attention to the demonstrations organised over the last couple of weeks.

I didn't make it to the one in Glasgow last weekend, so when one came up in Edinburgh this weekend I was delighted that I'd get the chance to go along. When they asked for volunteers to help out with stewarding I was very happy to offer to help out.

Only now I'm hearing that the organisers changed their petition retroactively from "Voting Reform" to "Proportional Representation", and that (a) some of the people that signed up aren't actually supporters of full PR and (b) changing the words on a petition after it's been signed really isn't on.

However, the only place I've seen this so far is on a couple of friend's Facebook updates. I've not seen any discussion anywhere else, and I'd quite like to know whether there's some kind of misunderstanding, an individual doing something stupid, or an attempt at hijacking a mass movement going on.

Does anyone have any information they could share? Because I'd love to go along and get involved tomorrow, but I don't want to be party to unfair unscrupulous behaviour.

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