I'm delighted Matthew Elliott will be heading up the anti AV campaign. He knows all there is know about grassroots campaigning, having made the Taxpayers' Alliance such a success. However, the success of this campaign will in part be determined by the campaign's ability to garner support from across the political divides. Matthew is not a Conservative Party hack, but because the TPA is considered to be on the right, he will be painted as such.
I'd say the majority of Labour supporters I know are opposed to AV too. It would be good if Matthew appointed a leftish deputy.
There's a reason only one other country in the world uses AV. It's a half way house. It tries to be a PR equivalent of the First Past the Post system, but in reality it is no more proportionate than straight out FPTP, and in some cases can be less so.
First Past the Post isn't perfect, but then again no electoral system is. But I would fight to defend it against STV. I just do not buy the claim by supporters of STV that it too can protect the constituency link. It doesn't. Multimember constituencies dilute the constituency link. They have to be big enough to allow representation from different partes, and the bigger they get the less likely people are to either know who their representatives are or be able to relate to them. Just look at the system used for European elections. I realise this is not pure STV, but even so, the effect is the same. Even I would struggle to name the MEPs in my region, and I suspect most people reading this blogpost would too.
So I will be campaigning against the Alternative Vote. It doesn't do what it says on the tin, and there may be faults in our existing system, but AV won't fix it.