Democracy, US-style

John Lloyd says that values such as democracy are "felt to be quintessentially American" (Books, 15 January). Come on, John! That was yesteryear. Now the US boasts electoral fraud and the Republican coup.

Even the sainted Jimmy Carter, roving global election overseer, admitted to an audience in Paraguay: "If we were invited to go into a foreign country to monitor the election, and they had similar election standards and procedures, we would refuse to participate at all."

Simon Gardner
Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire

This article first appeared in the 22 January 2001 issue of the New Statesman, Iraq: the great cover-up