Wayne’s mysterious mind change on AVPosted on January 1, 2011
The “Labour Yes” pro-AV campaign group is always keen to boast that “Labour is the party of change”. Unfortunately, it seems that for at least some of their supporters that “change” means completely flipping their opinion on a matter of the most fundamental principle.
Yesterday, they proudly announced five new Parliamentary supporters, including Wayne David MP, Shadow Minister for Europe.
It’s strange to see, then, the very same Wayne David quoted in Hansard as saying:
“I am convinced that first past the post is the most appropriate method of election in this country for all tiers of government” (9 July 2002)
That’s pretty unequivocal, by any measure – but it seems a mysterious conversion has taken place. What drove Wayne into this “change”? If First Past the Post was his first choice, why does he now want it to be thrown aside – like the votes of so many people will be under AV?