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Faith in democracy has been lost; Views of Wales.

SIR - I read an article last year that only 20% of the electorate turned out to vote in Riverside, Cardiff, at a by-election, a sad reflection of the way democracy is heading. I lost faith in it many years ago, I think democracy has given way to plutocracy.

One of your correspondents recently mentioned Thomas Jefferson, of Welsh ancestry, and his achievements during his American presidency.

George Washington being the first president had John Adams as his vice-president, who became the second president, his vice-president being Thomas Jefferson, who in turn became the third president.

John Adams wrote: "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts and murders itself, there never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide'' (1814).

The ancient Greek philosopher Plato warned "tyranny naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme form of liberty.'' As far as American presidents go, the jewel in the crown still must be Abraham Lincoln. He had a simian brow and spoke in a high pitched voice which carried some distance. His nick-name was gorilla, he was of animal strength, with long arms. When he walked his whole foot was lifted at once and then thrust down on the ground rather than landing on the heel. His hands and feet were extra large. If he were alive today he would no doubt be in goal for Manchester United, the world would have lost another great statesman.

Christopher Jarvis Queensland, Australia
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 27, 2014
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