Page 5, 18th October 1974

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Page 5, 18th October 1974 — PR described as 'a healing force'

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Organisations: Electoral Reform Society
People: Enid Lakeman
Locations: London


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PR described as 'a healing force'

Your editorial of September 27 urging the adoption of the single transferable vote form of proportional representation is most welcome. A leader of the religious minority in the Republic of Ireland has described it as "a healing and a unifying force."

The obviously desperate need for this in Northern Ireland led our Government to restore it for last year's elections there (unhappily not for the election of their 12 Westminster MPs) and surely we on this side of the water could do with some reconciliation too.

PR does away with the bitter feelings that arise when one side takes all and another (perhaps almost equally numerous) elects nobody. It does away with the nonsense of having to vote as if we thought candidate X (and his party) was perfect and there was nothing to be said for any other.

It enables the voter to recognise both the variations in personal merits within his preferred party and the points on which he finds something in common with people of other parties.

All public opinion polls show that a large majority of our electors favour a reform of this kind; we must see to it that whatever government results from this election shall give it to us.

Enid Lakeman Director of The Electoral Reform Society 6 Chancel Street, Southwark, London, SEI.

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