Votes that don't count

Nick Cohen ("Frankly, I don't give a damn", 18 December) ascribes falling turnouts at British elections to increasing cynicism. I suspect that our bizarre voting system may also be a culprit. He reminds us that the Big Brother television programme attracted comparatively huge numbers of votes. I wonder if the viewers would have been quite so eager to participate had the producer devised an electoral system with more than half of them in "safe seats", where their votes couldn't influence the outcome? And would they all have happily left their comfy houses to walk half a mile to draughty school halls just to take part?

Brian Hughes
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire