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SWITZERLAND IS CLOSEST TO ELSIE'S IDEAL DEMOCRACY

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 08 March, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 08 March, 2003, 12:00am
 

Elsie Tu asks for an example of a democracy that meets her own high standards ('Hong Kong needs action, not ideology,'' South China Morning Post, March 5).


Established over 400 years ago, with frequent referendums on all sorts of matters and having avoided war during that period, I would suggest Switzerland as a candidate.


She points out that President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair are acting against the wishes of their own plebiscites, are consequently bad choices, and therefore that those democracies are flawed.


That misses the point.


No system guarantees that every leader chosen is good (and remains that way). The problem is not getting good leaders in, but bad ones out. The American and British public can remove Bush and Blair. We cannot remove Tung.


CHRIS MADEN


Tsuen Wan


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