May 23: Our electoral system must be reformed

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From: D Wood, Howden, East Yorkshire.

AS many of your recent correspondents have already pointed out, the result of the recent election has displayed a total failure of our voting system. How can a system based on one man one vote be so unfair and in fact produce a hugely undemocratic result?

The first-past-the-post system was fine when it was invented with just the landed gentry and house owners voting and with only the Whigs and Tories to choose between.

However, once universal suffrage was achieved and new parties came along this system became grossly unfair, as the recent election results prove.

Ukip, with more votes than the SNP and Lib Dems put together, get one seat in the Commons while the SNP get 56 (Ukip actually had 2.5 times more votes than the SNP) and the Lib Dems another eight, making a total of 64.

This system must now be scrapped and replaced with direct proportional representation, a much fairer system that would have seen Ukip gain 83 seats, more than the SNP and Lib Dems combined.

In fact, if the scare tactics regarding the SNP and their odious leader had not worked, Ukip would probably have had a couple of million more votes.

David Cameron was talking of reducing the total of MPs from 650 to 600, but has since changed his mind. I would suggest he reconsiders and reduces Scotland’s seats by 50 so that should put paid to the mouthy, clueless nincompoop Nicola Sturgeon. The Scots need to ask themselves how can you be a free and independent country while still in the EU and being governed by the Germans from Brussels?

From: Terry Watson, Adel, Leeds.

Nigel Farage was quite correct when he said our first-past-the post voting system is now totally bankrupt.

How can it be called democratic when Ukip came third in the total amount of votes cast in the election but ended up with only one MP? Nearly four million people voted for them, despite all the anti-Ukip rhetoric from the Labour loving BBC and several newspapers.

The SNP, with under one and a half million, votes ended up with 56 seats.

Many people would be sorry to see Nigel Farage go. He hates political correctness, the EU and the lies about man-made climate change and all those ridiculous wind farms.

Now David Cameron is free from the shackles of Nick Clegg, we will see if he really is a leader. He still won’t have full control of the country until we rid ourselves of the parasitic EU.

From: R Webb, Wakefield.

WITH reference to the letter from Marjorie Gill (The Yorkshire Post, May 18), I am sorry to disappoint her, but the Royal family are paid millions of pounds out of the public purse every year. I am not sure if the Chancellor froze their benefits or not. Perhaps Channel 4 are working on Royal Benefits Street at this very time.

Perhaps some of this money could be given to that forgotten army of carers who, to the shame of the Government, receive £61.35 per week for doing a 24 hour, seven day a week job. This saves the country £80bn a year.

It is sad that the only political party to mention the plight of carers were the SNP in the run-up to the election.

From: Ian Smith, Colston Close, Bradford.I JUST wondered if now might be an appropriate time to check out the progress of this UK fantasy/SNP dream, before it’s too late?

Find truth on climate change

From: David F Chambers, Sladeburn Drive, Northallerton.

CHRIS Broome (The Yorkshire Post, May 13) writing on behalf of the Sheffield Climate Alliance, declares Open Energy’s John Dewar’s article on fracking (The Yorkshire Post, May 1) to be biased, and he could well be right. With equal certainty Mr Broome supports “studies by Carbon Tracker and other experts” which made claims statistics could not begin to justify.

I would place pronouncements by Carbon Tracker and other experts in the same category as those of the pollsters who were forecasting a totally different outcome right up to the time the votes were counted.

A better way to deal with the carbon question would be an honest and unbiased examination of the original claims at the base of the climate change theory.

If it showed no justification for the theory a great deal of argument and expense could be avoided, and the scientists could direct their studies elsewhere in preparation for the next scare.

Labour and working class

From: Terry Palmer, South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley.

THE Labour leadership candidates are telling us all how they will do this and that, especially messages of goodwill to the corporate and business community.

No real message of hope aimed at the working classes though.

Do any of these Oxbridge-educated candidates relate to the masses? Will whoever wins make a difference? No.

Every one of them is a part of the Westminster clique where they are spoon fed on right wing syrup, therefore I suggest they have no idea on normal family life struggles. So! Whoever wins the Labour leadership challenge, not one iota regarding the real struggles of families on £6.50p/hour and zero hours will change.