The case for AV: it'll make people smile, says Mehdi Hasan

Forget Clegg. Do you want to put a smile on these people's faces?

Lots of lefties and Labour Party supporters tell me that they plan to vote against the Alternative Vote (AV) in order to give Nick Clegg a "bloody nose" on 5 May. In the words of "Phil", a commenter on the Staggers blog:

"Would a no on AV make Nick Clegg p***ed off?"

Answer: Yes.

So I'll be voting to wipe that smile off his smug face

Sorry to break it to you, chaps, but AV isn't all about Nick Clegg. If we're going to get all schoolgroundish about it, I'll be voting for AV - not just because our existing first-past-the-post system is undemocratic, unfair, biased and broken - but because I'd rather wipe the smile of these people's faces [below]. Wouldn't you?

David Cameron

A

Rupert Murdoch

A

George Osborne

A

Nick Griffin

A

David Blunkett

A

John Reid

A

Andrew Roberts

A

Richard Desmond

A

(All pictures Getty Images)

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.

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New Digital Editor: Serena Kutchinsky

The New Statesman appoints Serena Kutchinsky as Digital Editor.

Serena Kutchinsky is to join the New Statesman as digital editor in September. She will lead the expansion of the New Statesman across a variety of digital platforms.

Serena has over a decade of experience working in digital media and is currently the digital editor of Newsweek Europe. Since she joined the title, traffic to the website has increased by almost 250 per cent. Previously, Serena was the digital editor of Prospect magazine and also the assistant digital editor of the Sunday Times - part of the team which launched the Sunday Times website and tablet editions.

Jason Cowley, New Statesman editor, said: “Serena joins us at a great time for the New Statesman, and, building on the excellent work of recent years, she has just the skills and experience we need to help lead the next stage of our expansion as a print-digital hybrid.”

Serena Kutchinsky said: “I am delighted to be joining the New Statesman team and to have the opportunity to drive forward its digital strategy. The website is already established as the home of free-thinking journalism online in the UK and I look forward to leading our expansion and growing the global readership of this historic title.

In June, the New Statesman website recorded record traffic figures when more than four million unique users read more than 27 million pages. The circulation of the weekly magazine is growing steadily and now stands at 33,400, the highest it has been since the early 1980s.