Thoughtful voter

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In suggesting that one “elite group” simply replaces another in politics, Ellis Thorpe (Letters, 8 April) has misinterpreted, or at least misunderstood, my points about the democratic process.

There is a good example of that process in action in the 
letter from Allan Martin (same day), who suggests that he 
may well vote for the Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) because of its stance on fair distribution of wealth, even though he has never voted for it before.

He’s proposing to use his vote thoughtfully, rather than 
maintain the status quo.

Of course, the SSP has had its brush with the “dark side of leadership” in the Tommy Sheridan affair.

If it can learn from that not to invest all its trust in one apparently charismatic leader, and focus on development of the fair society we are told the majority of Scots desire in an independent Scotland, it may well become a political force to be reckoned with, especially if the other major parties fail to address the “gospel of greed” to which Allan Martin refers.

(Dr) Mary Brown

Dalvenie Road

Banchory