April 25: Election letters and voter confusion over SNP

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From: Edward Grainger, Botany Way, Nunthorpe, North Yorkshire.

IT has finally registered with the media that Scotland’s First Minister and SNP Leader Nicola Sturgeon is a leading player in this general election. She and her party could well hold the balance of power if the polls putting Labour and the Conservatives ‘neck and neck’ are correct.

However, a poll by telephone asking a voter’s intentions is often misleading as voters often change their minds even right up to polling day.

However I find it extraordinary to say the least how Ms Sturgeon’s every utterances are highlighted in much the same way as those from Messrs Cameron, Clegg, Farage and Miliband.

Yet she, unlike the other leaders of their respective parties, is not seeking election to the Westminster Parliament, unlike the former SNP Leader Alex Salmond who is contesting the Lib Dem-held seat of Gordon in North East Scotland.

No wonder the electorate, particularly the young and the elderly, are often confused by our democratic voting system that often sees those casting their votes doing so by ‘tactical voting’.

From: J G Riseley, Harcourt Drive, Harrogate.

THERE is certainly plenty of choice in the coming election for those who wish the UK population to continue growing rapidly through large scale net immigration.

We have Labour who assume that immigrants will be natural supporters, overlooking the fact that many are energetic and capable people who are not looking to be carried by the state.

The Lib Dems want to be nice to allcomers, even though it means giving away that which is not theirs to give.

For the Conservatives immigration addresses what has been a long standing concern of theirs; that it is so difficult to get good servants nowadays.

Immigration is now on the political agenda because Ukip has put it there. The other parties have followed their lead with tougher rhetoric but little else.

The political class will revert to their previous attitude unless we see strong support for Ukip on polling day. This is the attitude expressed by Gordon Brown when he complained about ‘that bigoted woman’ who raised the issue. Will you vote those who hold you in such contempt?

From: Dick Appleyard, Saxilby, Near Lincoln.

WE have had many warnings from a lot of politicians who say that if Britain pulls out of the EU, it will be a massive disaster for Britain and millions of our jobs will be lost. Why should people like me believe that?

Before we joined what was then called ‘The Common Market’ in the 1970s, Britain was doing alright for jobs, manufacturing, industry, trading and our way of life.

Did the ‘Yes’ voters of the 1975 referendum think that Britain needed to be in The Common Market, which is now the EU?

We are paying into the EU billions and billions of pounds and the EU is ruling us in our own country. Do these people who want Britain to stay in the EU think that it is good for Britain to be ruled by the EU?

From: John Lowcock, Dobcroft Road, Sheffield.

I HAVE spoken to a few people who have voted Ukip because they wanted Ukip elected.

These self-same people have then said that they are worried about the party possibly just being ‘a flash in the pan’. Well, if these kind of people don’t vote for them, they will be. Talk about a self-fulfilling prophecy!

If we look towards 2020, Ukip could be poised to take power if people vote sensibly this May. If taking the long view will rid of us the self-satisfied LabCon, it must be a sensible line to follow.

From: June Warner, Kirk Deighton, Leeds.

AS the tragic deaths on rickety boats in the Mediterranean continue to increase, we must remember that there are two kinds of migrants involved.

Firstly, there are the economic migrants, but the second group is made up of Christians fleeing persecution. These are true refugees. Nigel Farage will not have endeared himself to some voters by stating that we should provide shelter for these Christian victims but my husband and I applaud his compassion.

Perhaps if this country had not previously opened the floodgates to all and sundry, some of the more hardhearted people out there would have also wanted to help out in a time of desperate need.

From: Erica Broughton, Tullibardine Road, Sheffield.

I READ with interest and agreement Nigel Boddy’s letter (The Yorkshire Post, April 20) on Nick Clegg. I beg all your readers in Sheffield Hallam constituency to read the election address of the Conservative candidate Ian Walker.

He is the perfect candidate – born and bred in Sheffield, with a long record of public service to his native city. As our elected MP, he would certainly look after the interests of Sheffield.

From: Graham Branston, Emmott Drive, Rawdon.

ARE you, like me, sick and tired with the endless political promises and personal back biting as the General Election day draws closer? Well, there is one good thing about it; the short term boost it gives to the local printing industry, in particular those printers who get contracts to churn out political propaganda after marginal seats like mine (Pudsey).

Not long now before the printers’ bonanza is over thank goodness.