If a hereditary head of state means that a country is not a democracy, then perhaps you believe that the existence of a non-hereditary head of state renders a country democratic. That also is patent rubbish. Everybody in Britain has the vote. That, to my mind, is democracy.
Sir: As a lifetime Tory, I voted Labour because Tony Blair promised a return to honour and accountability and a genuine democracy for our country. Closed lists are undemocratic. I find I have become increasingly grateful for the House of Lords.