This advert appeared in the Birmingham Mail the other day:
She needs a new cardiac facility
an alternative voting system
On 5th May you’ll be asked in a referendum whether you want to change our voting system to the Alternative Vote: a change that would cost our country at least £250million. Now is not the right time to be spending money that could be put to better use. Like a much-needed new Children’s Heart Centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Say NO to spending £250million on AV. Our country can’t afford it.
Now, I’m broadly in favour of voting reform but I’m pretty much against killing babies and this appears to be the choice we are being offered. I was going to vote “Yes”, but now I’m worried that by doing so, I would effectively be murdering this poor little girl. That makes me feel bad. I don’t want to murder a baby. That would be an awful thing to do.
It doesn’t really go into much detail about the girl. It doesn’t say what’s wrong with her or anything like that. She must be pretty poorly if she needs an entire hospital facility to be built. I don’t know how long it takes to plan and build a cardiac facility, probably quite a long time, so she can’t be in immediate danger, which is a relief, but I’d like to know a bit more about her condition before I decide whether or not to have her killed.
I decided to email the No2AV campaign:
A couple of days ago, an advert for the No2AV campaign appeared in the Birmingham Mail featuring a picture of a baby girl and the message “She needs a new cardiac facility NOT an alternative voting system”.
The advert explained that the £250million which would be spent switching to AV could be better spent on a new Children’s Heart Centre at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. I was just wondering if you had any background information on who the baby is and what her condition is. I really don’t want the baby to die just because I voted “yes” and so I want to have all the facts at hand before I decide how to vote.
This is the deciding factor in whether I vote “yes” or “no”, so any information would be very much appreciated.
I hope they reply soon, my vote hangs in the balance.