• I think Dick Barton is misquoting Churchill in his letter of November 12.
I think the Churchill quote about democracy was that if you wanted 'the biggest argument against democracy' all you had to do is to listen to the average voter for five minutes.
I concede the point to Dick Barton that having to listen to the election promises and statements of the average politician for five minutes does not do much for democracy either.
All of us should, however, also remember another quote attributed to Churchill to the effect that democracy is an awful system of government until you think of the alternatives.
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