Letter by Professor Philip Booth to The Guardian

The unlikely Kerry coalition of Guardian readers and, it appears, Tory MPs should not give up hope. Electoral college members can vote as they wish and, in recent history, five members of the college have not voted as expected. Kerry could appeal directly to the members of the college – and there must be plenty of free-trade, small government conservatives in it who will be uncomfortable with Bush’s record of increasing regulation and increasing government spending much more quickly than his Democratic predecessor. Bush must remember that on key economic and social issues of deregulation, free trade, school choice and health care, many Bush voters regarded him only as the lesser of two evils.

Prof Philip Booth

Institute of Economic Affairs