This from Amnesty International this morning: Continue reading
Having lost the argument and having been consistently out organised by grass roots volunteers, the guardians of the old politics have been reduced to dirty scare stories and smears to try and score a cheap political point.
As horrifying as this may sound, the No campaign took out a two-page advertisement in the Birmingham Mail claiming that a sick baby “needs a new cardiac facility NOT an alternative voting system”.
This is shocking and shameful.
This is not the debate that the country deserves.
It’s clear that the No campaign don’t have the decency and integrity to regulate themselves, but this can’t go on.
The Advertising Standards Authority needs to issue guidance on this campaign, and fast. Co-sign the letter to the ASA today:
This isn’t the first time that the No campaign have attempted to play on voters’ fears – but it certainly is the crudest.
Just last week they claimed that AV would force the UK to spend £130 million on magical electronic counting machines. This neglected one simple fact – there are absolutely no plans to introduce electronic counting machines – there never were. Australia, which has used AV for 80 years, has never used counting machines.
We must put a stop to these lies, and the only way we can do that is with an open, fair and honest debate – something that is proving surprisingly elusive.
UK voters are entitled to legal, decent, honest and truthful advertising campaigns – these adverts fail on every count. Join us in calling for the ASA to step in today, so that we can get on with the debate the country deserves.