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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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21 April 2011

Dear David

From David Cameron 

Dear Leslie,

The proposal to change the voting system came about because the current voting system is undemocratic, unfair, and unrepresentative of the will of the electorate.

John Reid was on Breakfast TV today repeating your mantra that some votes are counted more than others. This is of cause nonsense but the No Campaign is happy to keep saying this to mislead and scare off the odd “Yes” vote.

The other unpleasant tactic of the No campaign is to deliberately confuse and confound anyone incapable of comprehending the unfairness of the present system, so they may then claim that the proposed system, is a “complicated process, which could cost the taxpayer millions.” That is not true is it?

I would argue that the current system has given power to minorities who created one costly mess after another.  For examples, the Poll Tax, and even the current banking crisis.

Your proposed “NO” vote, supporting the current flawed system is supported by the BNP and by David Cameron, both of whom seek power beyond their reach under a fairer system.

Perversely that does not stop the NO campaign implying that a YES vote advantages the BNP. The BNP is contemptible, but so is your reasoning designed to deceive and bewilder the electorate.

AV has the potential to save the country billions of tax payers money. Politicians will be made to work harder, in order to get elected, and then to pass laws. No more power mad experiments with public money. No more foreign adventures that we cannot afford.

A vote for AV is the first step for getting rid of the  current   unfair system, that has done so much damage, for a lifetime.

I shall be voting YES, and I have been waiting for this opportunity for a lifetime.


With less than three weeks to go until the AV referendum, we need to do everything we can to convince people to go to the polling stations and vote 'No' on May 5th.

I've been on the campaign trail the last few days, and it's been great to meet voters from right across the political spectrum supporting our campaign.

But it's clear that lots of people still haven't made up their minds - so we've got to keep on working to get the message out there that AV is an unfair, expensive and discredited system.

This is not just about how we vote in General Elections. It's about how politics works, how governments are formed and ultimately, how our country is run.


AV is unfair: With our current system, everyone gets one vote. But under AV, supporters of extreme parties like the BNP would be more likely to get their votes counted more times, meaning their votes are worth more than yours.

AV is unclear: Under AV, the candidate who finishes third can be declared the winner thanks to an unclear, complicated voting process. It's like someone coming third in a running race winning the gold medal.

AV is unpopular: Just three countries in the world - Fiji, Papua New Guinea and Australia - use AV, compared to almost half the world's electors who use our current system. In Australia, six out of ten people want to get rid of it.

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

Yours sincerely,

David Cameron

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