May 8 Letters: An illustration of the failure of our adversarial party system

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From: Dr Alastair Cook, Austwick, North Yorkshire.

TOM Richmond (The Yorkshire Post, May 4) quite correctly identifies the limitations of the party system which some of us have come to despise and hate. A government based on a consensus of “the best way forward”? Don’t be ridiculous. It would never work, it would be far too democratic.

I heard recently on the radio Shirley Williams describing the state of James Callaghan towards the end of his premiership. She said he was absolutely exhausted. He had to work night and day to get legislation through the House of Commons and lived on the edge of catastrophe with a shaky coalition having to be cajoled through very difficult times. While I can sympathise a little, whoever suggested that the job should be easy?

It might be made easier, however, if they gave up calling each other names, superfluous legislation which has frequently to be redrafted and came to realise that vanity projects such as Trident and HS2 are, in our present economic circumstances, quite unaffordable.

From: Monica Harper, Clayton Holt, South Kirkby, Pontefract.

HOW refreshing and reassuring to read the interview with Mary Creagh, the latest shadow International Development Secretary (The Yorkshire Post, May 2). The report presented a Yorkshire Labour politician 
who appears to possess not only grit and determination, but is also someone prepared to stand by her principles in a non-partisan manner.

Throughout history, 
humanity has witnessed gross persecution of minorities – 
by race, religion, disability, 
sexual orientation and other prejudices.

We, in Britain, in the 21st century, should be above such base motives and extremely wary of the dangers which are apparent in the homophobic, misogynistic and racist comments which slip (unintentionally?) from the lips of some candidates.

From: Paul Brown, Bents Green Road, Sheffield.

THE Whitehall Departments for Health, Transport and Work and Pensions employ around 70,000 staff which, at a conservative estimate amounts to an annual cost of £3bn for salaries and office accommodation. This 
also amounts to a massive subsidy to the economy of the South East.

Is it not time that government found a way of making a similar payment to regions of the North such as Yorkshire and Tyneside?