Letter: PR is good business
Tuesday 25 May 1999
PR is good business
Sir: Tim Melville-Ross of the Institute of Directors argues that electoral reform at Westminster would be bad news for business (letter, 19 May). Many in the business community take the opposite view.
The electoral system (AV-plus) proposed by Lord Jenkins's commission would retain the best elements of our present system but would guarantee fairer representation of people and parties in Parliament.
First-past-the-post delivers wild swings in party control of the political process and dramatic shifts in macroeconomic policy areas such as employment law. This has a dramatic effect on business and undermines its ability to plan and invest successfully.
The Jenkins proposals would deliver strong government and create a political system characterised by continuous and incremental change, exactly the environment that business needs. Making sure that everyone's vote counts would not only be good for British politics, it would also be good for British business.
COLIN M SHARMAN
Teffont Magna, Wiltshire
Watch the new House of Cards series three trailerTV
Oscars 2015It was the first time Barney has compered the Academy Awards
Oscars 2015 From Meryl Streep whooping Patricia Arquette's equality speech to Chris Pine in tears
Oscars 2015 Mexican filmmaker uses speech to urge 'respect' for immigrants
TV ReviewThe intrigue deepens as we delve further but don't expect any answers just yet
Razzies 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards 'honours' Cameron Diaz and Kirk Cameron
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Home Office says Nigerian asylum-seeker can’t be a lesbian as she’s got children
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 4 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 5 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
Glastonbury 2015: Coldplay will not headline but Florence Welch might play, says Emily Eavis
Kurt Cobain's life and death: Montage of Heck film uses unseen footage to tell Nirvana frontman's story
Mal Peet dead at 67: Tributes to children's author who was 'universally adored'
Fifty Shades of Grey movie shows first sex scene 'after 40 minutes'
Drugs Live: Twitter responds to Jon Snow and Jennie Bond smoking cannabis
'Jihadi John': CAGE representative storms off Sky News accusing Kay Burley of Islamophobia
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'