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SETTING OUT THE CASE FOR ELECTORAL REFORM

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The Guardian (p21) carries letters from Pam Giddy, director of Charter 88, and Earl Russell, president of the Elect...
The Guardian (p21) carries letters from Pam Giddy, director of Charter 88, and Earl Russell, president of the Electoral Reform Society, both setting out the case for introducing proportional representation.

Ms Giddy writes: 'Elected bodies must be representative of electors' views and first past the post fails to do this. It is biased towards two-party politics and prevents the emergence of new political parties and new political ideas.

'It entrenches the sterile old oppositionist politics that makes so many of us stay at home,' she adds.

Mr Russell says: 'It is the law of democracy that one must obtain the majority. If the last brick in that majority demands terms, one must either meet them or do without the majority. The only difference between PR and first past the post is the PR gives this power to substantial groups, while first past the post may deliver it to single individiuals.'
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