How can the US be described as the world’s leading democracy, wonders Tim Williamson, while Trump’s reaction to the developing election result reminds Pam MacLeod of an exchange with a three-year-old. Plus letters from Daniel Peacock, Howard Mason and Chris Entwistle
The negative impact of President Trump on US democracy needed to be spelled out in your editorial (The Guardian view on the US elections: a nation dangerously divided, 4 November). But it’s the language used that concerns me. How can the US possibly be described as the “world’s leading democracy”?
It fails to provide voters with a choice from a range of candidates, to allow them to select a candidate who represents them. The first-past-the-post voting system needs to be replaced with a proportional system to allow multi-party democracy. The enormous sums of money spent on campaigning need to be capped to allow candidates with limited resources to stand. The toxic use of social media with micro-targeting based on psychological profiling needs sorting out.
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