If there is a referendum on the Alternative Vote, I will be campaigning hard for a No vote. The Alternative Vote is arguably the worst of both worlds. It doesn’t satisfy advocates of proportional representation. It is not a proportional system and, indeed, can be far more disproportional than our existing first-past-the-post system. At the same time, it is likely to deliver the undesirable consequences of a PR system – that is, post-election bargaining, deals done without reference to the electors, and no clear lines of accountability at the next election. What we are witnessing at the moment is a consequence of a situation that I would not wish to be the norm.