I have just come across a draft of a blog I was proposing to issue some years ago and this was prompted by the voting for Police Commissioners, but I do feel that the points raised about voting for a Party as opposed to an Individual are still valid, especially in the case of Brexit.
Avon and Somerset Chief Constable resigns
Like it or not we now have elected Police Commissioners, no one should be complaining re the percentage of the vote. All the Commissioners were elected fairly in accordance with the Law of the country. If you did not exercise your right to vote, or spoiled your ballot paper, then that was your choice, if you want a say, use your vote properly.
I agree, Commissioners should be non-political and I did not agree with party details being shown on the ballot paper, as we were supposedly voting for an Individual not a political party.
Voting, who for, a party or an individual
The press article above as prompted me to have thoughts on our voting system.
It is my belief that the political party should not be shown on any ballot paper whether it be for a local or general election. The idea is in all our elections you are voting for a person that is a councillor or MP, that you feel best represents your point of view.
If we are voting for a party then, there is no need for an individuals name to be on the ballot paper.
Currently you are given an impression that you are voting for an individual, who will represent you. In most cases the individual will be sponsored by a political party, but does that mean they should then show allegiance to the party.
As a country we need to decide, are we voting for a party or an individual, you can not have both.
It also is relevant as to whose views the Councillor or MP are there to represent, are they there to represent their own views or the views of their constituents. For they do say they are there for their constituents, for if they are not would they have been elected.
But then again as we use the first past the post voting system as opposed to Proportional Representation. The former will elect an individual but perhaps could elect a party who would then place their own individual or as we do the winning candidate on the voting paper. Whereas the latter would elect a party, who would place their own individuals according to the split of the vote, assuming there was more than one place being contended.
So in the case of Brexit, should a particular MP vote in accordance with how their constituents voted or their own views?