Coin flipping to decide elections
A 30 year old friend of mine travelled 8 hours by car from Switzerland
to vote against Berlusconi. This level of voter commitment surely explains
the unusually high 83.6% turnout and the media owner's remarkable failure
to achieve a decisive victory.
idea of everyone coin-flipping (a random result) in a multi-party election
is an entertaining proposition and might make for some very positive change
- say the election of a leader naive enough to have a new vision for how
to influence people.
Without such a random element it is easy to predict more of the same
in the UK... war, privatisation, student debt, longer working hours, lower
real earnings for the majority and so on.
Of course, Rennie's idea could also throw up a real horror, at which
point a bolt of lightning or national strike might be called for.
As for the tiny
margins between recent election winners and losers, might not shifting
rules on who is entitled to vote, the 'flexibility' of electronic voting,
and the media's premature announcement of results (Florida 2000, FOX NEWS)
have something to do with it?