2022 – Without a vote, the law is safe in the UK | Letters

I hope Gabe Henslev’s optimism about a possible end to populism in Britain is based on more than just hope (Australia has shown how quickly the right can collapse. Boris Johnson warned, May 23). The Australian electoral system involves the roll-over of votes cast when a candidate does not have a clear majority in an electoral district. Transmission of votes is what Scott Morrison did. Unfortunately, the UK system does not require a majority to elect a candidate. Millions of votes are wasted in every election. Votes are not transmitted. Voices of protest against the right mean nothing. Britain’s corrupt populist government is safe from an Australian-style coup. I fear the right wing is now permanently in power in the UK.
Stephen Frere
Sydney, Australia

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