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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Though some of Labour's weightier worthies have weighed in on the side of the no to AV campaign, those who dismiss AV as a Liberal enthusiasm ignore Labour's historic commitment to electoral reform. It is a commitment that, in many ways, runs deeper than that of the Liberal party -- at every stage in its history, Labour has backed electoral reforms to give more real power to voters.
At the heart of the case for the alternative vote, now, as it was when a Labour government sought to introduce it in the 1930s, is a recognition that when the encouragement by candidates of tactical voting becomes the norm at general elections, as is the inevitable consequence of first-past-the-post in a more than two-party system, political principles are subordinated to game theory.
Electoral reform was one of Labour's earliest …