LETTER: No endorsement for democracy

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It is a bit misleading for Richard Cherry to claim in his letter about voting systems that the public voted overwhelmingly against any change in 2011 (Middy letters 6/8/15).

In fact what they voted against was the hopeless Alternative Vote System which in no way would have met the democratic need for a proper proportional representation system.

Speaking as a member of one of the two major parties, and acknowledging that first past the post has benefited the Party I support in the past and may well do so in the future, I think that if we are to call ourselves a democracy then the present system is no longer sustainable especially with the establishment of more parties representing a broad range of views.

It is an unpleasant fact for democracy that in well over 400 constituencies the candidate wearing a red or a blue rosette will inevitably win and the rest of us may as well save our shoe leather rather than voting.

In the recent election the Conservatives were supported by 25 per cent of the eligible electorate and obtained over 330 seats whilst UKIP, the LibDems and The Greens combined were also supported by 25 per cent of those eligible to vote and obtained 10 seats. Surely no fair minded person can think this is right or think this is a ringing endorsement for our Democracy.

Most other countries have some form of proportional representation and surely we are capable of devising a system which will give equal weight to the vote of every individual.

David Andrews

Oak Hall Park, Burgess Hill

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