THANK YOU for publishing such a balanced article about the forthcoming referendum on whether to change our voting system for Westminster elections.
Please may I make one very important correction? The article claims that “fringe parties like the BNP would almost certainly win seats for the first time”.
This is not correct. Using the alternative vote requires a winning candidate to attract at least 50 per cent of the vote to win which is not the case with first past the post.
At the last General Election, most MPs were elected with the support of less than half of those who voted.
The Liberal Democrat in Norwich South, for example, won the seat with under 30 per cent of the vote.
Thus the BNP is more likely to win with a minority vote under the current system which is doubtless why the BNP is urging a ‘No’ vote in the referendum.
REV PAUL HUNT
West Hill Road, St Leonards