The campaign for AV was launched today. It was rubbish. I could have made a better case for AV. Leaving aside the misuse of the English language, given it a weight it cannot reasonably bear, some of the claims were either demonstrably untrue or highly dubious. We are told that employing AV will get rid of ‘safe seats’. What? This suggests that either its proponents don’t understand AV or haven’t looked at voting behaviour. Which are the really safe seats? Er, those in which the MP already gets over 50% of the vote and so would be declared elected under a system of AV. At the last election, that accounted for 214 MPs. I leave aside those who got 49% of the vote and would likely have won under AV. So how exactly will AV get rid of safe seats? Bit too late to say they only meant semi-safe seats.