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Mrs. Monk's Would-be Diary should have been written by Mrs. Monk, since she is the "Writer" in the family.
However, since she is a writer only in the conceptual sense, I have undertaken to fill these pages on her behalf
If not by her, these pages will certainly be about her, and other important matters of the day         Leslie Monk




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17 February 2011

Dear William

From William Hague 

Dear Leslie,

The present voting system favours both Tory and Labour and that is why you are both in favour of the present system, which is the least democratic of all the options.

You begin with the claim that the proposed “Alternative Vote” system, (AV), will allow candidates that finish third to become elected, but it should not have escaped your attention that the Liberal Democrats came third and are now on the front bench. AV did not put them there.

Your characterisation of the AV system is certainly misleading but why are you wasting millions of taxpayers money on a referendum, you say no one wants, and at the same time complaining about the millions that the AV system would cost the taxpayer, and as if the current system does not cost millions.

Having the wrong people in power has already cost everybody a great deal, and it will certainly get a lot worse as long as Hippos are at work in Westminster.

I will thank you for pointing out that the AV proposal is a stepping stone for an even better system. And for that reason I will be voting for the AV system, and I will send 5 Emails to at least five friends and make my views known.

Nice to hear from you again.

Always a pleasure.


Without your help, Britain's traditional voting system could be ditched for something that is unfair, expensive and allows candidates that finish third to win elections.

On May 5th, there's a nationwide referendum on whether to replace the system of First Past the Post with the 'Alternative Vote' - or AV. The Liberal Democrats demanded this referendum as part of the Coalition agreement - but the Conservative Party are actively campaigning for a 'No' vote. Here's why:

AV is unfair. With First Past the Post, everybody gets one vote. But under AV, supporters of extreme parties like the BNP would get their vote counted many times, while other people's vote would only be counted once.

AV doesn't work. Rather than the candidate with the most votes winning, the person who finishes third could be declared the winner.

AV is expensive. Calculating the results is a long, complicated process, which would cost the taxpayer millions.

No-one wants AV. Even the 'Yes' campaigners don't actually want AV - they see it as a convenient stepping stone to yet more changes to how we vote.


Forward this email on to 5 friends.

Together, we can win this referendum and save our voting system.

Thank you,


William Hague

Foreign Secretary

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