PAUL BOWES suggests that we need reminding of our democratic rights and freedom of speech concerning the establishment onslaught against UKIP in recent weeks (Letters May 26).

The facts are that we no longer live in a true democracy nor a politically tolerant society.

Those on the left and the PC establishment, who historically preached tolerance are the new fascists trying to enforce their political views through labelling any opposition as xenophobic,or racist.

Given the major advance by UKIP in the recent elections, prepare for an outpouring of further vitriol rather than talking about the policy failures which have brought us to this position.

UKIP will undoubtedly be targeted in the coming General Election by violence and attempts to wreck their meetings and suppress their views from the fascists on the left, and more subtle means by the mainstream political class.

Martin Smith, Main Street, Elvington, York.