Voices

Too many let electoral tactics influence their decision in the polling booth

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Vernon Bogdanor: 'Proportional representation has been called charitable giving'

From a lecture by the professor of politics and government at Oxford University, delivered at Gresham College in the City of London

Letter: Powers of the Lords

Sir: You are right to insist, with the Liberal Democrats, that the Upper House of Parliament must be mainly or wholly elected, and that the elections should be by proportional representation, on a quite different timetable from that for the Commons ("The Prime Minister must honour his promises and reform the House of Lords", 3 February).

Letter: Green voting

Sir: Under proportional representation the Green Party would get many more than the 40 MPs that Cllr Matt Sellwood suggests (letter, 3 February). There are many, many people who would vote Green but for the (erroneous) view that a Green vote is wasted. Under PR they could follow their hearts. I'm not even sure we wouldn't win.

Letter: Voting for the future

Sir: Julien Evans (letter, 1 February) asks how many votes a political party would receive if its manifesto were to include a pledge to increase petrol tax to safeguard the future for our children. The answer is at least one million votes - the number of people who voted Green in the European election of June 2004.

Leading Article: The Prime Minister must honour his promises and reform the House of Lords

THE PRIME Minister, we report today, is facing a full-blown Cabinet revolt over House of Lords reform - and not before time. Mr Blair and his government have had the best part of four years to meet their manifesto commitment to make the Lords "more representative and democratic" and, although the majority of hereditary peers no longer sit in the Lords as of right, the reform is far from complete. Worse almost than its incompleteness, however, is the impression - which Mr Blair has done nothing to dispel - that the Government has either lost the will to complete it or cannot decide how to proceed.
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