Monday, 31 December 2018

My Times letter on our broken politics and wishing United for Change well in seeking to break the mould


Sir,

News that a new political party will be launched in 2019 ("Centre party hopes to win power with volunteer army", Dec 29) is welcome.

The dominance of the two old parties simply reflects the lack of a credible alternative and our unfair voting system, not widespread popular support for their policies.

The system that allows this complacency to persist, and the two parties that are its chief beneficiaries, must be challenged democratically.

it is to be hoped that United for Change and others can break the mould and give millions of politically homeless people in the centre ground a credible vehicle through which to improve society in pragmatic ways.

Even if such an endeavour fails in the short term, it will expose the status quo for what it is: a system designed for the 19th century.

John Slinger

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