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<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (17 April 2011)

There is another AV: approval voting ("Here we go again, voting tactically...", 3 April). It is far simpler than the system which in most countries is called instant run-off voting but which here has been dubbed the alternative vote. True, this AV solves the dilemma that if you vote for the candidate you really want, you weaken another who has a chance of winning, and vice versa. But few know that their vote will not ultimately count at all if none of their choices include the winner or runner-up (so that it is not really true that the winner will always have been voted for by more than 50 per cent). Furthermore, few understand what difference it will make if they rank candidate A as 1 and B as 2 or the other way around. The answer is: none. Whether you give first ranking to the one you really want or the one who has a greater following, your vote will end up with the latter. So why not just put ticks against the names of all those you could approve? That is approval voting. There is no redistributing and recounting, and it clearly reports the real distribution of the voters' wishes.

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The racecourse operator Arena Leisure last night warned of a tough year ahead as it faces up to a cutback in funding generated by the tax on bookmakers.

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Taylor Wimpey confirmed it had received takeover approaches for its US business yesterday as the housebuilder seeks to offload the unit and concentrate on the UK.

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Meeting Frankie Vaughan on a film set in his native Gibraltar led the actor Ricardo Montez to Britain and a long screen career, usually as the archetypal Spaniard in bit parts, although television viewers saw him in a longer run as Juan Cervantes in Mind Your Language. Playing the exiled Spanish bartender in that sitcom, Montez was memorable for his thick, brown hair and Zapata moustache.

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