May 6 election letters: Critics should remember we all disagree

From: BJ Cussons, Curly Hill, Ilkley.

It has been desperately sad to witness the constant criticism of our MPs and political parties in recent weeks. It is often a reflection on the writers rather than those written about. Both the BBC and the Press have added to this and it does them no credit either.

None of us agrees totally on every issue with others. Not with our family, friends and work colleague, nor even church members. So neither will we find a Government who suits our every belief.

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Changing the current Government, which has gone a long way to saving our economy, will cost a fortune in re-organisation alone – another problem for those parties whose philosophy is spend, spend, spend.

My concern is for grandchildren and great grandchildren. May we and our children use our votes wisely in order to do the best for them.

From: David H Rhodes, Keble Park North, Bishopthorpe, York.

THERE is still time for a political party to support coal mining in this election campaign.

When one considers the CO2 and other noxious gases emitted from volcanic eruptions not only by the sheer volume but also by the spread of hundreds of miles, then man-made controls of CO2 emissions seem pathetic.

Mother Earth has much greater influence than human intervention. Let us continue to extract coal to secure our energy and self-sufficiency until other means are devised of proven worth and efficiency. Before total pit closure decimates the industry let Tory or Labour promise their survival with financial backing. Support Britain.

From: John Fisher, Menwith Hill, Harrogate.

ED Miliband’s recent statement that he would not under any circumstances work with the SNP demonstrates the weasel words that are littering this election. Should Labour be faced with a deal to govern the country with the support of the SNP or handing the keys of No 10 to the Conservatives, there is only one choice.

Allowing the Conservatives to govern would hardly bring shouts of “well done Ed” from his Labour supporters. It would also make the Labour brand toxic throughout Scotland and it could also alienate future Labour voters.

From: D M Loxley, Hartoft, Pickering.

ED Miliband has said that a future Labour government will offer the UK a referendum on any proposed devolving of powers to the European Union. This is an easy promise to make. There are none left to devolve.

This was emphasised recently when I received a document from our local authority which showed that I lived not in North Yorkshire but in “EU Region: Yorkshire and The Humber Region”. Cast your vote carefully on Thursday.

From: Alan Chapman, Beck Lane, Bingley.

BACK in 1973, I was a young Conservative councillor on the Bradford Metro Council. From the very first meeting 
in April 1974, I formed an opinion regarding Lib Dem politicians.

There are only two types, disaffected socialists or disaffected Conservatives, and the current leader of the Lib Dems falls into the latter group. If he is unseated, a replacement leader has to be found from the new Lib Dem Parliamentary Party. It is very likely that person will be a disaffected socialist, whose preference will be to link up with Labour MPs.

From: Thomas W Jefferson, Batty Lane, Howden.

THE spectre of a Labour government propped up by the SNP is frequently evoked. But what about the spectre of a rampant EU if, as is highly probable, Mr Cameron persuaded the electorate to vote “Yes” in a referendum following a Harold Wilson-style fig leaf re-negotiation which we already know would not be fundamental enough to safeguard our independence? At least the former would probably be short-lived and reversible whereas the latter could be permanent.

From: M Dobson, Wiggington Road, York.

FOLLOWING the latest news on deficits in NHS finances, I do hope that Ed Miliband is not going to spend the last hours of the campaign banging on about Labour saving the NHS.

Given the almost God-like status of the NHS in the British psyche no Government, of whichever colour, is going to dismantle the NHS or starve it of funding if it is at all possible not to do so.

To use Bill Clinton’s phrase from his 1992 campaign: “It’s the economy, stupid.”

From: Mr S Smith, Sandhill Way, Harrogate.

SURELY no one could seriously advocate another socialist government, not after the debacle of Wilsonism, with huge interest rates and massive inflation, and the IMF threatening to step in and run the country, and surely not after Blair, who once again plunged us into penury?

The decision to make is does one want to retain a right to vote and own property, or does one elect a government whose ultimate goal is to drag this country into communism?

From: Hilary Andrews, Nursery Lane, Leeds.

YOU are quite right to advise the party leaders to get out onto the crowds.

The look on the face of David Cameron watching the end of the Tour de Yorkshire (The Yorkshire Post, May 4) tells us all that he is a genuine family man who enjoys what all of us do. Truly a man for, and of, the people.

From: John Boocock, New Town, Middleton in Teesdale.

GP Taylor’s column (The Yorkshire Post, April 29) is correct in all but one detail. 
He should have noted that the only party standing in the general election who offer what he suggests is Yorkshire First.