Lessons to be learned from election night

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From: Dr David Hill, Chief Executive, World Innovation Foundation, Huddersfield.

THE local election results in favour of Labour were a long-term economic disaster for the country.

People do not realise but they have just shot themselves in the foot and for the future of their children and grandchildren.

For we are in an awful financial and economic mess that stems from 13 years of Labour rule.

Councils can lay the right economic foundations locally between themselves and private business in creating jobs.

Yet, as I go around the country, I see no Labour-controlled council interacting in any meaningful way with private business to provide the much needed jobs and wealth that our children will need for their futures.

So we shall have another generation where our young will have virtually no meaningful life to look forward to.

From: John Watson, Hutton Hill, Leyburn.

DO the political pundits and senior politicians really know what they are talking about or are they programmed by head office? Most of the mid-term council elections I have experienced follow the same pattern. The party in power nearly always suffer heavy losses mid-term and the results of this election fall within the normal range.

How can the so-called experts deduce what is the will of the people when 70 out of every 100 electors don’t even bother to vote?

If one wants to draw a conclusion why a mid-term austerity government is appearing to be so unpopular, it is because long-term Conservatives, like myself, are shocked that our party supports gay marriage.

We want our boundaries to be better policed and we don’t want to be told by Brussels how to run our country.

From: Terry Duncan, Greame Road, Bridlington.

let’s face it, David Cameron is not the man to lead the country, has to be sacked as Leader of the Tory Party and should be replaced by the man who should have got the job in the first place, a man who is a graduate of the University of Life, that tough nut Yorkshire MP David Davis.

Then the Conservative Party will get its feet back on the ground and become an organisation which understands the world in which the majority of this country lives.

Or else we will have that millstone Ed Miliband around our necks grinding the UK to a complete halt, considering his trade union connections.

From: Daniel Wood, Chair of the Policy Committee, The Liberal Party, Kingswood, Warrington.

the Liberal Prime Minister Herbert Asquith once remarked that the only way in which liberalism would be killed would be by suicide.

The Lib Dem leader, Nick Clegg, appears to have thought this was advice rather than a warning.

The recent local election results confirm that by entering the coalition agreement Nick Clegg has committed electoral suicide and thereby condemned hundreds of hard working councillors to political oblivion.

The electorate will never again trust the party which has helped the Tories implement cuts which have harmed the poorest and most vulnerable in society.

Fortunately, we in the Liberal Party have heeded the warning. We have no intention of abandoning our liberalism, and it is this position which has seen us increase our share of the vote in council elections up and down the country.

There is a difficult battle ahead of us to prevent town halls becoming one party states.

From: Malcolm Naylor, Otley.

THE most significant result of the local elections was not how individual parties fared, but the turnout of just 32 per cent.

That is a referendum of what the public thinks of the current political system.

It’s not a particular party they want.

It’s basic fundamental reform of the way in which society is organised and operates.

From: John Rookes, Bramley, Rotherham.

IS government of the rich by the rich for the rich coming to an end?

If local election results are anything to go by, it certainly seems so.