Trapped in the straitjacket of a centralised bureaucracy

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From: David W Wright, Uppleby, Easingwold.

WHAT splendid letters from Barrie Frost and Ivor Jones (Yorkshire Post, May 11) outlining the wrongs with our ailing country. The list is endless, and we are witnessing ridiculous attacks on our once admired tolerant and enlightened society, but the latest politically correct nonsense of not using the words “obesity”, “blacklist” and anything construed as being racist confirms our slide into oblivion.

The latest wave of public sector worker strikes and protests again mirrors the decline of that once proud nation of Greece, with Spain, Italy and France not far behind. It is ironic that the Olympic torch was lit in Athens on May 10 on its way to London – so perhaps it symbolises the link between the two broke countries whose politicians are completely out of touch with reality, particularly on the issue of membership of the EU and euro as well as enduring a bloated public sector which has been allowed to grow and fester over the past years.

China, India, Brazil and Russia must be laughing all the way to the bank while we, and the members of the EU, are in a complete mess and trapped into the straitjacket of a centralised bureaucratic monster.

From: Terry Morrell, Prunus Avenue, Willerby.

WHAT an excellent letter from Barrie Frost (Yorkshire Post, May 11). So why, when David Cameron says he is listening and in touch, can he not apparently grasp any of these valid points?

Unfortunately, when the PM “meets” people the local political group always manage to find hand-picked “back scratchers” who do not represent the mood or concerns of the majority.

From: D Wood, Thorntree Lane, Goole.

FATHER Neil McNicholas (Yorkshire Post, May 5) hits the nail on the head with his comments about our current politicians and political system.

However he falls into the same trap as the non-voting electorate when he states that there is no viable alternative. We constantly switch between Conservatives and Labour (the Lib Dems are completely unelectable) so as Father McNicholas states, they immediately forget their promises and just continue to ignore what the voters want.

This is a big mistake because the hardened Labour or Conservative voter, (the type who would vote for a wheelie bin if it had their rosette on it) will turn up and vote so the cycle of failure continues. Most of the voters of this country want a referendum on our EU membership, mass immigration stopping and the Human Rights Act scrapping and a big reduction in foreign aid, just for starters.

Ukip has all these policies. But people won’t vote for them because they can’t win. They can’t win if people will not turn up and vote for them. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by giving someone else a go.

The real tragedy of Cameron’s incompetence is that he will lose the seats of outstanding new Conservative MPs like Goole’s Andrew Percy, Nadine Dorries and Priti Patel, while Cameron will survive because he has a seat where a wheelie bin with a blue rosette would win.