A one-party borough demoralises its electorate

Friday, 20th May

• TO counter the distinct whiff of triumphalism coming off the May 13 Letters pages (The May 5 vote has given a seal of approval to low traffic neighbourhoods) etc, I would just like to point out that the turnout at the elections was mostly (12 wards) a modest 32 to 37 per cent.

Three wards out of 17 managed around 44 per cent. The highest turnout was 44.74
per cent, the lowest 30.3 per cent. So the opinion of the majority, that is the well over 55 per cent of the electorate who did not vote, remains unknown.

Whatever aspect of local government you choose to say has been vindicated by the election it can only be a minority of residents who are “overwhelmingly in favour” of it, only a minority who “have given an overwhelming seal of approval”.

While we still have a FPTP, first-past-the-post system that gives 94 per cent of the seats for 54 per cent of the votes, what incentive is there for non-voters to stir themselves to express an opinion by casting their vote at all?

FPTP gives rise to the one-party borough which, like the one-party state, demoralises its electorate and stifles democracy.

SUE PRICKETT
Great Percy Street, WC1

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