Sir: Whatever the imperfections of the Conservative leadership contest, it is striking that all three main parties eschew the "first past the post" electoral system for deciding who will lead them. After all, that system can all too easily produce unrepresentative and divisive results.
I have not heard a single Conservative argue that Ken Clarke's victory in last week's first round entitles him to a democratic mandate. Yet that is precisely the basis on which we currently run the country.
Corfe Mullen, DorsetReuse content