Following the first national referendum since 1975, the biggest problem with UK politics has resurfaced once more. A proportionally representative vote for electoral reform resulted in a turnout of close to 40%, highlighting the current level of apathy in the UK.
AV and FPTP both have their flaws, but until the bigger issue of low voting numbers is addressed, there is little point in changing the system. Making it illegal not to vote may be regarded as a little extreme, but consider this slightly radical proposal:
Hold a referendum on whether people should be forced to vote in an election.
This particular proposal is rather ludicrous, but its provocative nature demonstrates an important point. People are more likely to vote if they have a strong viewpoint one way or the other. So, maybe the solution should be to have a controversial referendum alongside every future election, thus tempting people to the polls, rather than forcing them.