From: Barrie Frost, Watson’s Lane, Reighton, Filey.
WHEN local elections occur midway through the Government’s term in office, they invariably produce a “bloody nose” for them.
This time, although the Government inherited an appalling mess from the previous Labour governments and correcting this could never attract much popularity, the results have been very disappointing for the coalition and have been particularly hard on those councillors who have lost their jobs unfairly following much hard work and dedication, from no fault of their own.
The Prime Minister, David Cameron, tours the country and is continually telling us how he enjoys listening to the views of the people and will take them “on board”. He maintains he understands the message from the electorate loud and clear and that voters want the Government to focus on the priorities.
Chancellor George Osborne also defended the Conservative project on the economy insisting the Government should not change course and added: “I think we have got the right path for reducing the structural deficit.”
I do not believe both are telling blatant lies so I can only conclude that they are seriously deluding themselves.
The people I talk to, whom I also believe represent a fair selection of decent, intelligent people, are very, very disappointed at the performance of the Government, as they see ludicrously expensive, inefficient and totally unjust and undesirable policies continuing and receiving no attention.
Is the continuing war in Afghanistan not a disgraceful sacrifice of lives and money?
Why do we continue to accept the crazy judgments of the European Court of Human Rights?
Why are taxpayers forced to fund the legal costs of people like Abu Qatada?
Why do we still have troops based in Germany – the Second World War ended more than 65 years ago?
Why do we give billions in foreign aid where it is not required or is abused?
Are wind farms really justified?
Why do the supremely talented members of the European Parliament believe moving EU business from Brussels to Strasbourg for one week every month is sensible, warranted and easily affordable?
Is membership of the EU really of benefit to Britain?
Why do taxes of about 140 per cent on petrol have to be made to fund all the waste and failed Government schemes?
Why are taxpayer-funded credit cards so easily abused by public servants?
Are prisoners having to face cuts in their facilities like the rest of us?
Doubtless there are many more concerns among the electorate which are similarly ignored. Instead, what do we get which has resulted in such disappointment at the polls.
Well, all is not lost for look what we’ve acquired? We’ve got the “granny tax”, the pasty tax, the charity tax, the caravan tax and the higher tax rate of 50p has been reduced to 45p.
Phew! I didn’t realise a top education was required to come up with these. Any wonder, Mr Cameron, why people are so fed up with our present MPs and why only 30 per cent of the electorate used their vote.
From: Brian Sheridan, Redmires Road, Sheffield.
JOHN Watson (Yorkshire Post, May 8) believes that the Government is unpopular because long-term Conservatives such as himself are shocked that their party supports gay marriage.
This would seem to be at odds with the Tory backbenchers who are dismayed that the Prime Minister has become embroiled in such a trivial matter when there are more important issues to address.
From: Mrs V Lloyd, Westfield Crescent, Kirkhamgate, Wakefield.
HEARING the political news reminds me of the early 1980s when Labour won control of Lancashire County Council. It might interest Ed Miliband, as the leader clamped 18 per cent on the Lancashire rates within a month of being elected.
The reason was the stopping of school milk by Margaret Thatcher.