interactive map of the AV referendum in the UK, not that it will tell you much except that only ten areas voted to change the current system (the 'No to change' won overall by a clear margin of votes: 68% to 32%): central Glasgow and Edinburgh, Oxford, Cambridge and a cluster in London: Hackney, Lambeth, Southwark, Camden, Islington and Haringey.
Most commentators are saying the Conservatives have used the Lib Dems as a shield for various things, including this vote. Vince Cable isn't happy, attacking the Conservatives as "ruthless, calculating and very tribal". He should remember how they have helped pass many Lib Dem policies; even supported HIS scheme for much higher tuition fees, as John Redwood reminds us today:
"Conservatives did not make him do that... ...There was no group of Conservatives designing the tuition fee scheme, no group pressing for it. It was not Conservative policy. The tuition fee scheme was designed by Dr Cable, and pressed by him."Update: Angela Harbutt has a great analysis of the poor 'Yes' campaign on Liberal Vision. I particularly liked this bit - and the BBC with it's Guardian over-represntation of speakers, guests, analyses etc - should take note:
"The YES campaign was eminently winnable. But it ended up being run by readers of the Guardian for readers of the Guardian. Readers of this newspaper are about 1% of the voting electorate – and are also a statistically extreme group. Their views do not chime remotely with mainstream British opinion. There is no purist Guardian editorial proposition that could ever come close to winning a referendum in the UK."