Today in Britain we have an experience that is almost unique.
We are having a nationwide referendum - on whether we want to change the voting system.
On offer is the Alternative Vote system, compared with our present voting system of single non-transferable vote, otherwise called ''first past the post.''
Wow. Wowee - our politicians are actually offering us a voting alternative that gives all voters a wider choice, where you can express a second or third choice for your vote on the ballot paper if you want to. And if you don't want to enter a second or third choice, then you don't, your vote for your first and only choice is still valid.
You would think that 99% of all voters would leap to accept such a system wouldn't you? It gives them more say!
Well, no actually. This referendum is only happening because we have a coalition, and the junior member of that coalition forced it on the Conservatives because they think it will give them more parliamentary representation. It is in fact a cosy stitch up. Britain's two big dinosaur parties, Conservative and Labour, don't really want the alternative vote. It gives voters the option of voting for other parties in front of them - in other words it gives voters more say than they would like.
So we have had a very dirty ''no'' campaign conducted by stooges for the two dinosaur parties, telling us that the alternative vote is the incarnation of evil.
Lies and disinformation about the alternative vote have influenced and poisoned public opinion against it. Lies like the third placed candidate winning, and giving ''extremist'' voters a ''second vote.'' The result is that many people who would support the alternative vote if they understood how it worked are now dead against it. I have seen with several people who I have spoken to who said they didn't like the alternative vote that their atitude changes when you quietly explain to them in plain English how it works.
Such is the state of our wonderful democracy.
At least we are getting a vote on the alternative vote. Our politicians are too scared to give us a vote on membership of the European Union.
So today I shall be voting for the alternative vote. It might just give Britain the UKIP Government that will take Britain out of the EU, and in so doing finally finsh the Euro.
''Give me a Ping and one Ping only'' - Sean Connery.