The government has announced plans to reduce red tape and costs in the upcoming referendum on voting reform, by setting up a group on Facebook. The momentous change in the long established First Past the Post system will now be decided in a simple head to head count of how many "Fans" the group achieves in the next month.
Electoral Commission spokesman Fred Swain said, "This is referendum is an important change in how we vote in the UK and we think that using Facebook will help us deal with voter apathy. It will mean that those people who sit in their bedroom on the internet, with the curtains drawn all day can really get their voices heard and have a say in the running of the country."
The group will be set up on the 5th of April and voters will be alerted to their eligibility to "Like" or "Dislike" the group by a comprehensive Twitter campaign. "If its successful," continues Swain, "there's no guessing where it could stop. The system could be rolled out to the General Election with Cameron, Miliband and Clegg competing for "friends".
A Labour spokesman said they were unhappy about the development.