The week that was set up to be pretty awesome turned out to be fairly lack-lustre; luckily the weekend saved it from being a write off. All my plans went to shit, except for Friday, and even that was a pretty close thing. But what a night Friday was =]
I bumped into a couple of friends I see far too little of, and met a few new people, who were all pretty nice to be honest (one in particular, if you catch my drift =])
And of course the music was epic.
Planet, once again you provide me with good times. I thank you.
Overall it was pretty entertaining and of course, I won every game. This has nothing to do with me being better than my brother (though obviously I am: P) but more to do with him using and army which I feel has been ruined by the recent addition of the Grey Knight codex. This isn't the right place for this talk, but I have written about it over at my Bolter and Chainsword Blog, so Check it out here if you feel the need to geek out :P
On an intellectual note...
I've got nothing. Sorry, but I just haven't.
I'm saving my words for the next post which I anticipate will be about the AV referendum. I even ordered a copy of Lijphart's 'patterns of democracy' especially for the occasion.
Here is a basic summary of what I plan on arguing;
AV does not go far enough.
If you want a 'fairer' voting system you have to change how the state functions.
Lijphart shows that the 'fairest' democracies have radically different political and legislative systems. To have a 'fairer' voting system, we would really have to change a lot more than the voting system.
Why is this problem then? Why not change this? Simple.
Lijphart argues that these 'fairer' systems are more beneficial for growth, and so on.
This may be true. However, when the economical crisis hit a few years back, which countries were the fastest to recover? Parliamentary democracies. The power that can be employed by the current legislative system is necessary in these situations.
To have a truly 'democratic' voting system, our political system would require a drastic change, which I believe to be a bad idea. This is evidenced by the recent economic downturn, and the fact that that countries Lijphart argues are 'most democratic' and have the 'highest amount of democratic satisfaction' have taken a lot longer to initiate recovery, and have larger debts than ourselves.
As much as I'd like a more proportional system in place I feel it endangers the stability of our nation.
I will go into a lot more detail with each point raised, and give greater justification to said points; but that is the basis of it.
Cheers for reading