Stand up and be counted
ALL angry writers of letters to the Courier complaining about the shortcomings of councillors have a choice on Thursday. It is voting day. Objections about the cost of sorting out Northgate House, grumbles over cuts to a favourite charity or even alleged poor gritting of the roads in winter, call for bold stand up and be counted action.
The pencil in the booth may prove mightier than the sword. Democracy demands it.
The complication this year is the two-fold ballot. Or rather the ballot and the referendum on the same day. This will be hard work. Selecting the best councillors is one thing. Choosing how to elect MPs is another. Will polling staff steer puzzled voters through the multiple choice? Impartially, of course.
In Bible times, the ancient Greeks were good at democracy. Every civilised city had one. A democratic system, that is. Literally one man, one vote. The strong always won.
Holy Scripture is silent about political voting in Judea when Jesus was there. It seems mostly the Romans did it. The one thing that mattered was choosing whether to follow Jesus or not. At the time few chose to join his party. This is not suprising because membership cost a lot. There were no perks. A spell in prison, perhaps or stoning like St. Stephen.
The Christian manifesto was Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. The logo was “love God and love your neighbour” - a good guide for Thursday.