We have the power

York Press: We have the power We have the power

SOME of the electorate do not vote, but do complain about the Government. People say: “I can’t change anything”. But together you can.

Voters have the right to question and criticise their MP, who is elected to represent the voter.

The public in a democracy has power if it is harnessed. Tell your MP how you want them to vote in the House of Commons on matters of importance.

A good American ideal of government is: “Of the people, for the people, by the people”. This applies to the UK too, but you have to fight for it. Voting in more independent MPs could break the two-party system.

Government policy is decided by a small number of party members in the hierarchy. Rank-and-file members toe the party line.

Successive governments committed us to wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Falklands, Iraq and Afghanistan, fought and paid for by the common man, with disastrous results in loss of life and property.

The First and Second World Wars bankrupted the British Empire, leaving the UK as a small impoverished island.

Germany now dominates the UK economically.

As for our membership of the EU, the experiment has been given time and has failed. We should demand legislation for a referendum now, asking a simple question: In or out?

R Smith, Dodsworth Avenue, York.

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12:28pm Mon 9 Dec 13

NoNewsIsGoodNews says...

Sorry but all voting gets you is more of the same, just because the new lot wear different colour rosettes doesn't make them any different to the last lot.

As somebody somewhere once said.
if voting changed anything, they would make it illegal
Sorry but all voting gets you is more of the same, just because the new lot wear different colour rosettes doesn't make them any different to the last lot. As somebody somewhere once said. [quote]if voting changed anything, they would make it illegal[/quote] NoNewsIsGoodNews

1:11pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Jonthan says...

The letter writer is wrong about Vietnam. Harold Wilson had the wisdom and courage to keep us out of that fiasco.
The craven Labour leadership led us into a into a humanitarian disaster in Iraq and another in Afghanistan which has caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands and has made the world a far more dangerous place. All for no good reason and based on nothing more than a pack of lies

They should be tried for war crimes in this life, and roasted in hell in the next.
The letter writer is wrong about Vietnam. Harold Wilson had the wisdom and courage to keep us out of that fiasco. The craven Labour leadership led us into a into a humanitarian disaster in Iraq and another in Afghanistan which has caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands and has made the world a far more dangerous place. All for no good reason and based on nothing more than a pack of lies They should be tried for war crimes in this life, and roasted in hell in the next. Jonthan

1:14pm Mon 9 Dec 13

cityofyork@msn.com says...

Dissagree with original letter in respect of the falklands, were we supposed to let them invade the islands and do nothing? I think not. I agree if everyone voted as one, things can change, but as human beings we're not like that. If they suddenly put bread up to £3.50 a loaf and we all stopped buying bread, the price would soon come down, but everyone wouldn't stick together,
Dissagree with original letter in respect of the falklands, were we supposed to let them invade the islands and do nothing? I think not. I agree if everyone voted as one, things can change, but as human beings we're not like that. If they suddenly put bread up to £3.50 a loaf and we all stopped buying bread, the price would soon come down, but everyone wouldn't stick together, cityofyork@msn.com

4:39pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Pinza-C55 says...

Yes by all means tell your MP how you "want them to vote", assuming they are of the same political persuasion as you. Hope that all the other 200,000 plus people in York do the same, and that the MP's will keep a tally of the voters opinions. Hope that every person in every other city or town in the UK does the same. Hope that the government collectively agrees with the collective opinion of the voters. Finally hope that whatever the government decides won't be overturned by the unelected house of lords.
Or realise that they don't care what you think.
You can toddle along to the poll booth every 5 years but that is the extent of your democratic rights.
Yes by all means tell your MP how you "want them to vote", assuming they are of the same political persuasion as you. Hope that all the other 200,000 plus people in York do the same, and that the MP's will keep a tally of the voters opinions. Hope that every person in every other city or town in the UK does the same. Hope that the government collectively agrees with the collective opinion of the voters. Finally hope that whatever the government decides won't be overturned by the unelected house of lords. Or realise that they don't care what you think. You can toddle along to the poll booth every 5 years but that is the extent of your democratic rights. Pinza-C55

7:44pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Buzzz Light-year says...

I think this letter is another "in the closet" UKIP letter.

Bunch of false hope idealistic nonsense anyway. Doesn't matter who you vote for. It's too far gone, they know they can get away with it and they will do until Something Big happens. I'd say never mind the EU, the experiment that has failed is democracy.
I think this letter is another "in the closet" UKIP letter. Bunch of false hope idealistic nonsense anyway. Doesn't matter who you vote for. It's too far gone, they know they can get away with it and they will do until Something Big happens. I'd say never mind the EU, the experiment that has failed is democracy. Buzzz Light-year

10:52pm Mon 9 Dec 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

Sticking to the letter: The UK played no part in the Vietnam conflict.
The Falkland Islands were left almost undefended by Mrs T's defence cuts. Though it was right to take them back, it cost us a lot of money and 255 lives on the British side alone. Propper defence would have been lest costly.

As for German economic dominance over the UK: Just look at all the BMW's, VW's and Mercedes etc on our roads. That one is an own goal.
Sticking to the letter: The UK played no part in the Vietnam conflict. The Falkland Islands were left almost undefended by Mrs T's defence cuts. Though it was right to take them back, it cost us a lot of money and 255 lives on the British side alone. Propper defence would have been lest costly. As for German economic dominance over the UK: Just look at all the BMW's, VW's and Mercedes etc on our roads. That one is an own goal. ColdAsChristmas

2:55am Tue 10 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

SOME of the electorate do not vote, but do complain about the Government. People say: “I can’t change anything”. But together you can.

Voters have the right to question and criticise their MP, who is elected to represent the voter.


There is a problem with that which can be best described using the method Australians use to describe some people...
When you vote in the UK, you either vote for a d1ck or a knob.
... and then once in power, certain people from big buisnesses approach them and 'persuade' them to be nice on said company and not do anything about them channeling their profits through a small outpost of the company in the Cayman Islands.
[quote] SOME of the electorate do not vote, but do complain about the Government. People say: “I can’t change anything”. But together you can. Voters have the right to question and criticise their MP, who is elected to represent the voter. [/quote] There is a problem with that which can be best described using the method Australians use to describe some people... When you vote in the UK, you either vote for a d1ck or a knob. ... and then once in power, certain people from big buisnesses approach them and 'persuade' them to be nice on said company and not do anything about them channeling their profits through a small outpost of the company in the Cayman Islands. Magicman!

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