Letter: Voting for the future

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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.

It is a great pity that instead of the 40 MPs that a million votes would garner under strict proportional representation, the UK has no Green MPs at all. Electoral reform would seem the first step towards really long-term thinking at Westminster.