I sent this email to Gordon Brown this morning, though it’s probably already too late:

Dear Mr Brown

I write to you as a representative of the ordinary voting public, to urge you not to call an election this November. I believe that such an election would be unnecessary, disruptive, and a bad constitutional precedent.

A November election would encounter problems with the electoral register, as already highlighted in the news. In addition, I and others like me would resent the imposition of yet another election (we have, after all, already had one this year), particularly in the dark and cold season when turning out to vote will be more unpleasant and inconvenient.

While elections are necessary for holding politicians accountable, they should not be called too often. They interfere with the smooth running of the country and encourage short-term policies. I would like to see a return to five-year terms in general, and an end to this idea that a general election cures all the country’s ills.

Moreover, the rationale behind calling an election in this case (that we should ensure that the prime minister has a mandate) is flawed. No prime minister in this country is ever elected. Instead, we elect our local MPs as representatives, who choose our prime minister for us. Even were a general election to be called, this is all that would happen, and it would be no less and no more a mandate than you already have. I feel that our representative system has already been undermined too much over the past few years; please do not undermine it further by succumbing to the demands of people who would have us degenerate into a presidential system with little or no local accountability.

Yours sincerely

Rhiannon Miller

I have also signed the petition at http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/No2007election/ asking that a general election not be called at least until the electoral register is updated.

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