Source: Evening News, Norwich, UK

Pub Date: Monday 21 June 2004

Pub LTE: Cannabis issues cuts across party votes

Author: Alun Buffry, Legalise Cannabis Alliance,


Comment: Article referred to follows letter


So Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne was perplexed as to why "anyone would vote for the Legalise Cannabis Alliance and the Conservative Party at the same time", in last week's local elections in Norwich.


Simple: some Tory voters see the common sense in our policies just as do some Labour, Lib Dems and Greens, whatever the official party lines may be - and which is often confusing.


True the LCA did not get nearly enough votes to get elected anywhere, but the reaction on the doorstep and support on the street during our limited campaigning opportunities showed that beyond doubt that support for legalisation is overwhelming in Norwich.


Less than half the Norwich population voted at all, and of those it appeared at the count some 10 to 15 per cent decided to split their votes amongst candidates of various parties.  Sixty percent of voters did not even turn out.  No councillor was elected by more than half the electorate.


That must show the level of dissatisfaction with all the major parties and maybe the system itself.


So maybe those split votes were not as "frankly bizarre" as Andrew thinks.


Alun Buffry

Legalise Cannabis Alliance

PO Box 198



The above letter was in response to:

Source: Evening News, Norwich, UK

Pub Date: Thursday  17 June 2004

Section: Corridors of Power

Author: Alex Gore


Cited: Legalise Cannabis Alliance,


THE Lib Dem's chosen candidate to fight Charles Clarke in Norwich South, Andrew Aalders-Dunthorne, hopes the voters will take the general election more seriously than last week's local election.  AAD just held on to his City council seat by 30 votes, despite describing himself in campaign leaflets as "Wensum ward councillor" before the ward had ever been created.  At the count, he criticised the multi-candidate ballot papers as confusing and noted some "frankly bizarre" voting patterns.  "Why would anyone vote for the Legalise Cannabis Alliance and the Conservative Party at the same time?" said an aghast AAD.


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