The almost complete absence of genuine critical analysis in this article is staggering. So, so many elephants crowded into that room and Rawnsley just sits there, up to his nose in elephant shit, blithely muttering "Pachyderms? What pachyderms?".
This is not reform. AV is such a minor change to the electoral system that Lord Jenkins didn't even consider a referendum necessary to introduce it in his report on electoral reform. The UK's problems run far deeper than a pseudo-democratic electoral system, however. It remains a monarchy without a written constitution and governed by a plutocratic elite. Much of the electorate remains unregistered to vote and excluded from political discussion due their essential ignorance.
Any comparison of UK politics with the fundamental principles of democracy finds our little country to be grossly lacking: all citizens being equal before the law and all votes having equal weight, everyone having the opportunity to stand as a representative and their rights and liberties secured by a legitimate constitution.
Critically, these standards are centuries old and no progress has been made in the years since. Our culture has stagnated and has recently started to regress with infringements on our rights, increasing disenfranchisement and falling electoral turnouts. Where are the discussion of progress on this issue? To meet up with the basic principles of democracy our society needs to radically change. All citizens, child and adult need to clearly and precisely understand what their responsibilities to the state are as well as the rights. Technological advances enable us to deploy far more representative democratic models than the mediaeval First-Past-The-Post system. Direct Democracy, a written consititution, fully elected Houses of Parliament, a modern and independent electoral commission in charge of overseeing the administration of democracy in this country. All these things should be what our trans-Atlantic cousins call "no-brainers". And yet I challenge anyone to find mention of them in the mainstream media beyond the most laughably inadequate, mouse-step reforms such as those Andrew Rawnsley fawns over in this article.
Seriously. Fucking. Weak.