No confidence – no vote
I ENJOY your weekly Getting to Know You article, especially the answer by Councillor Jack Bantoft when he stated his first pet hate was those non-voters who blame everything on the council or the Government . I am a non-voter and proud so to be. I make a
I ENJOY your weekly Getting to Know You article, especially the answer by Councillor Jack Bantoft when he stated his first pet hate was "those non-voters who blame everything on the council or the Government".
I am a non-voter and proud so to be. I make a calculated decision and choose not to vote. I do, however, pay a substantial amount of my earnings to the Chancellor, Gordon Brown. I also pay Council Tax, so I think I have the right to blame elected and unelected representatives running the Government and local council.
The current crop of politicians, with few exceptions, are mealy-mouthed hypocrites who never give a straight answer to a straight question.
Under this New Labour bunch the public are not permitted to make peaceful demonstration, so I ask you, Cllr Bantoft, what are the disgruntled voters and non-voters supposed to do?
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When people who stand for election say what they mean and mean what they say, based on principle and integrity, I may wish to vote.
We have a so-called Labour Government, which presides over the imprisonment of pensioners who make a stand against the increase in their Council Tax. 'Two Jags' Prescott committed a similar act and when scrutinised by the media he was flippant and smug.
- 1 £1.5 million food store creates 12 jobs
- 2 Heated dining pod and covered decking area at restaurant after garden makeover
- 3 Fen farm on more than 200 acres of land up for sale for £2.2million
- 4 Organisers plan for low-key return of Chatteris Midsummer Festival
- 5 Historian who wrote 126 books and spent 64 years bellringing dies aged 90
- 6 Man in critical condition after single-vehicle crash
- 7 Aldi invites the public to share their views on new Whittlesey store
- 8 Podcast revisits the mysterious missing case of Terry McSpadden
- 9 New emergency facilities open at Hinchingbrooke Hospital
- 10 110-year-old church gates reappear following £400 makeover
I am sure you are a hard working councillor, Cllr Bantoft, but please do not dismiss non-voters, some of whom make an intelligent and calculated decision not to vote.
We should adopt the system used in Ireland - the single transferable vote conjoined with proportional representation. This method opens up debate on single-policy issues giving the voter the power to choose without voting in policies they do not want, by default.
For example: the Lib Dems put forward an anti-Iraq War policy but I was not in favour of other policies in their manifesto. My vote therefore would not force politicians to act on that issue.
A recent poll showed that 80 per cent of the public want our Government to align with Europe not the USA with regard to the troubles in the Middle East.
I ask you, Cllr Bantoft, which of our main parties are worthy of my vote under the current electoral system?