May 18: Democratic choice to vote or not to vote

Have your say

From: Adrian F Sunman, Collingham, Newark, Notts.

GP Taylor’s column (The Yorkshire Post, May 13) never ceases to amaze me or, for that matter, pass my understanding. In his latest offering he laments the fact that “not many chose to have a say” in their country’s future.

Well Mr Taylor, I always thought that a General Election in which two-thirds of the electorate participated, had a good turnout. In any democracy worthy of the name, a proportion of those entitled to vote will choose, as is their right, not to participate in the democratic process.

Of course in so doing they forfeit the right to complain when the party of their choice doesn’t get elected.

Furthermore Mr Taylor knows very well that Mr Cameron, alone of all the party leaders, promised to protect pensioner benefits and keep them universal – which is the fairest way of ensuring they’re available to all who need them. No such promises were made by Labour or the Liberal Democrats.

Unless Mr Cameron is intent on sinking the Tory party without trace at the next election, which I sincerely doubt, he will honour those promises. Why? Because he knows very well that pensioners are in that section of the population likeliest to vote and they’re also the likeliest to vote Tory.

From: Jeremy J Whittington, Leeds.

EUROPE is being held to ransom by boatloads of asylum seekers from Africa seeking a better world. Instead of the Brussels bureaucrats telling the EU governments that we, the EU countries, must accept quotas 
of these sad people, the immigrants must be sent back to Africa.

The situation is extremely sad and one must feel sympathy for these people fleeing their homeland, but we must be firm. I am Conservative but I also believe in Ukip. We must leave the control of Brussels.

From: Ruthven Urquhart, High Hunsley, Cottingham.

AS the post-election reviews and the consequent dust have started to settle, I thought now maybe an optimum time to contribute further in my customary frivolous and facetious style.

Very few of us seem able to compose a letter or speak on any subject without resorting to one (or some) of the following expressions:

“To be honest” (frankly). “At the end of the day” (conclusively). “At this moment in time” (now). “See you later” (goodbye) and the word “like” is so often included in a sentence to help amplify any specific point being made.

Well. to be honest (or frankly) I am often guilty of several of these monotonous repetitions!

Adverts don’t come for free

From: John Springer, Ingbirchworth, Sheffield.

I AM over 80 so I am not allowed to pay a BBC licence fee. However, because of the way most firms are financed by private equity and hedge funds I have, ever since TV advertising became legal, paid for almost every advertisement ever made. I shall have to do this for the rest of my life.

I think the BBC licence fee can only be legitimately scrapped when I can opt out of paying for any advertising for things like gambling and other things I would never use.

I should like to claim back money used to advertise the sort of things, gambling and ambulance chasers, I would never, ever willingly use or support.

Care payout impacts NHS

From: Robin Ashley, Sheffield.

YOU report (The Yorkshire Post, May 14) lawyers Irwin Mitchell securing a £10m compensation package for medical negligence. This follows hard on the heels of a similar settlement reported only about six weeks ago. How long can the NHS survive these repeated hammer blows and is it the right way to deal with these issues in this adversarial and expensive manner?

Why can’t a care package be organised within society for such cases, restricted to the life of the injured party? There is no doubt such a sum reasonably invested will have a significant residual value long after the person has died, or is that what is intended?

City’s warm welcome

From: Margaret Kerbey, Garston, Liverpool.

i WAS in York with my disabled mother recently for a short break. I would like to thank the people of York for being so welcoming during our stay.

Whenever I stopped to look at the map someone would come up and offer help, giving us directions and offering assistance with the wheelchair.

The people of York were brilliant, like the people of my own city.

The price of allegiance

From: Hilary Andrew, Leeds.

I AM an ardent fan of Yorkshire cricket and take out an annual membership. I would love to wear some of the supporters’ sportswear but, as a pensioner, I can’t afford to spend between £17 and £35 on a T-shirt celebrating Yorkshire’s Championship – especially when it’s made in Bangladesh, the Phillipines or Thailand.