May 21: Why Labour has lost touch with voters

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From: Mrs W Abbott, Boulsworth Avenue, Hull.

TOM Richmond was spot on (The Yorkshire Post, May 15) when he wrote: “Unless the Labour Party apologises for past spending excesses, it will not win the argument on economic credibility.”

During the election campaign, both Yvette Cooper and Andy Burnham refused to take responsibility for the financial mistakes which the Labour Party made when they were in power. This arrogant attitude probably contributed to the seats which were lost at the ballot box.

I am a pensioner but I can see the vast change in public voting patterns which is developing. Many people do not necessarily vote for the same party every time an election comes around.

One only has to look back and remember the huge landslide victories of Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair to see this. Levels of expectation are higher now than they where in the 20th century. People are no longer prepared to tolerate inefficiency and unfulfilled promises.

Tony Blair made a positive effort to modernise the Labour Party, and yet under the leadership of Gordon Brown and Ed Miliband the party now seems to be going backwards. The party must change if they are to improve their appeal to modern voters. It is vital that they take great care in choosing their new leader or risk being in Opposition for a very long time.

From: David McKenna, Hall Gardens, Rawcliffe.

WITH regard to the Labour leadership, we now have a bunch of new contenders who are, in fact, members of the same bunch of no-hopers: a mixture of Blairites, union nominees, failed TV historians and hopeless hopefuls. If one were to take a dispassionate view of each candidate in turn and ask “Would I buy a second-hand car from any one of them”, then I suspect many would answer that it is probably safer to buy online.

From: Don Burslam, Elm Road, Dewsbury Moor, Dewsbury.

THE air is full of theories aiming at a winning formula for Labour. I’ve got news for all the theorists. It’s not going to happen any time soon or at least before the next election but one.

The Labour Party was born out of the dissatisfaction of the trade unions with their lot and this provided the drive to get the party off the ground. Now the world has moved on and merely trying to exploit grievances like the so-called bedroom tax and food banks is no longer enough to attract mass support, particularly among the middle and aspiring working classes

Of course the unions remain the chief source of finance and the Labour Party is yoked to them and their left-wing policies.

Crucially, Labour is not the party for business. They lack the ability and depth of understanding required and this is essential for running a successful economy.

From: Raymond Shaw, Hullen Edge Road, Elland.

WITH reference to the letter from Ruthven Urqhuart (The Yorkshire Post, May 18), I can understand the frustration of Nigel Farage whose party managed to poll a number of votes exceeding the total of the other minor parties added together. He ticked many of my own boxes, including abolishing hospital car parking fees (my local hospital even charges disabled badge holders), as well as pointing out that the net total immigration figure would absorb all the additional homes being built each year. Food for thought.

BBC’s lack of Royal respect

From: William Snowden, Baildon Moor, Baildon.

AS the nation’s “public service broadcaster” one expects the BBC to exercise due propriety. This is particularly pertinent to broadcasts about the Royal family. It is regrettable, however, that high expectations are often confounded.

When the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth, the tone of the BBC’s so-called royal correspondent, Peter Hunt, was sarcastic and disrespectful. He referred mockingly to the Royal baby as “a future heir and a future spare”. He subsequently sought to excuse his impertinence by referring to the late Princess Diana’s injudicious comment. A lame excuse.

After stating that the new princess would be fourth in line to the throne, he made disparaging allusions to “the state of Britain’s democracy”.

Mr Hunt got his comeuppance, however, when he tried to mock a German journalist for being present to report the birth of a British princess.

She politely explained to him that the Royal Family were highly-esteemed not only in Germany, but France and America and, indeed, throughout the world. Quite a testament!

The BBC has a primary duty “to educate” and “to inform”. Perhaps it could commence by educating and informing its staff? Perhaps then it would be able to appoint a “royal correspondent” who has at least some semblance of understanding of the pivotal role of the constitutional monarch.

Defending our rights

From: Max Hey, Bradford.

BRITAIN’S most senior judge has insisted that human rights be “nurtured and treasured”.

Supreme Court president Lord Neuberger made the comments in a speech about the Magna Carta before its 800th anniversary.

He described the modern notion of human rights as “fundamental to a modern, civilised and democratic society”.

His comments come amid a debate over the Tories’ plans to scrap the Human Rights Act.

“The great majority of educated, so-called right-thinking people today would take all these freedoms for granted,” he said.