Preserving the old

ALTHOUGH I strongly oppose both the agenda and policies of the British National Party, I feel it is completely undemocratic that any proposed system used to elect public representatives should be dismissed on the grounds that it will increase the proportion of MPs belonging to a controversial party.

If fringe parties begin to take seats in Parliament at the expense of AV’s opponents, the problem is surely that those parties are offering more appealing policies than those of the increasingly out-of-touch ‘main’ parties.

The campaign to stop the implementation of the AV system is therefore conducted not out of democratic concern, but to preserve the jobs at present filled by irrelevant, complacent MPs afraid of being forced to actually respond to the wishes of the people rather than patronise them into submission.

Andrew Cheyne,

Castle Street,