Vote – to make a dif­fer­ence

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VERY soon we have the op­por­tu­nity to de­cide if we would wish to con­tinue to have the coun­try be gov­erned by the Con­ser­va­tives.

Although there are a num­ber of small par­ties putting for­ward can­di­dates they have lit­tle or no chance of win­ning enough seats to form a gov­ern­ment.

The only vi­able al­ter­na­tive to the Con­ser­va­tives is the Labour party.

Lives were lost in the strug­gles to se­cure the right to vote and yet in the 2010 Gen­eral Elec­tion more than 20 mil­lion peo­ple did not bother to vote. Pos­si­bly with good rea­son many felt ig­nored by politi­cians.

Many more say that politi­cians are all the same and it makes no dif­fer­ence. Th­ese re­luc­tant vot­ers have more power than they think as MPs’ ma­jori­ties are vul­ner­a­ble.

Our choice is gov­ern­ment does make a dif­fer­ence – a very big dif­fer­ence. No party will pro­vide all that you want but may well pro­vide most of what you want and a great deal less of what you do not want.

Let us look back to 2010. The Con­ser­va­tives promised ‘the NHS is safe in our hands’.

We had a three bil­lion shake up and pri­vate com­pa­nies re­quested to ten­der for parts of the ser­vice.

They promised to look af­ter those un­able to look af­ter them­selves. We saw them cut benefits, thou­sands of public work­ers were sacked, front line po­lice of­fi­cers and care for the dis­abled slashed.

They were on the side of ‘hard work­ing fam­i­lies’.

Th­ese ‘hard work­ing fam­i­lies’ are worse off now than in 2010 and mil­lions have been forced into low-paid, in­se­cure, part-time, zero-hours, and agency jobs.

They promised to do some­thing about the greedy bankers and the prof­i­teer­ing six en­ergy com­pa­nies. We are still wait­ing. There was no in­ten­tion to put up the rate of VAT. They im­me­di­ately raised it to 20 per cent – hit­ting the work­ing class the hard­est.

The Tories will not force their rich friends and cor­po­rate party donors to pay their fair share of taxes. They would pre­fer to wreck the fab­ric of our na­tion.

We should not rest un­til the peo­ple of this great coun­try of ours be­lieved that ev­ery once has a right to a de­cent life.

I do not think Labour will ful­fil my dreams but I am sure they could not do worse than the present lot.

For your sake and the sake of your chil­dren and grand­chil­dren cast your vote on May 7.

Harry White­house Ash­ton-un­der-Lyne

(View­points, April 17) and the sup­posed cru­elty in­flicted on horses in the Na­tional. ‘You can lead a horse to wa­ter, but can’t make it drink’ ap­plies equally to horse rac­ing.

All the ‘gee-ups’ in the world won’t get an ob­sti­nate horse to start, but for­tu­nately, the ma­jor­ity want to.

Proof of this is the num­ber of horses that in­sist on fin­ish­ing the course af­ter fall­ing and ditch­ing their jockey. 31 Stock­port Road, Den­ton, M34 6DB

I have, on sev­eral oc­ca­sions, seen my se­lec­tion fin­ish first but, alas, mi­nus its pi­lot.

Horses love to run and jump and horse rac­ing har­nesses this in­stinct.

Tony Ruddy

In­side Pets at Home, Snipe Re­tail Park, Manch­ester Road, Ash­ton-un­der-Lyne, Old­ham, OL7 0DN the su­pe­rior ed­u­ca­tion the priv­i­leged have from a very young age makes it vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble for oth­ers to com­pete with.

It would be won­der­ful for peo­ple from or­di­nary back­grounds to emerge to help pro­vide a more bal­anced view for ev­ery­one.

Harry Sin­gle­ton, Ash­ton-un­der-Lyne

own, which re­sulted in thou­sands of City fans go­ing wild when City got the first goal in the United end of the ground. Where I was (the Stret­ford End), all you could see was a sea of blue and white when we scored.

‘Milly’, Den­ton

read­ers to be part of some­thing amaz­ing by join­ing Team Di­a­betes UK and run­ning at this year’s Great Manch­ester Run, on Sun­day, May 10.

We’re look­ing for sup­port from run­ners who al­ready have their own place in the marathon, but haven’t yet de­cided which char­ity to run for.

In Manch­ester alone there are cur­rently 26,947 peo­ple living with di­a­betes, as well as a fur­ther es­ti­mated 6,971 who have type two di­a­betes but don’t yet know it.

Di­a­betes is not some­thing to be taken lightly – it’s a se­ri­ous con­di­tion that, if not prop­erly man­aged, can lead to dev­as­tat­ing com­pli­ca­tions such as blind­ness, kid­ney fail­ure, heart dis­ease, stroke and am­pu­ta­tion.

By join­ing Team Di­a­betes UK at this year’s Mor­ri­son’s Great Manch­ester Run, run­ners will be rais­ing money to pro­vide vi­tal in­for­ma­tion and sup­port to lo­cal peo­ple with di­a­betes as well as in­creas­ing aware­ness for those who are as yet un­di­ag­nosed.

We cam­paign for bet­ter treat­ment and care for peo­ple with di­a­betes, as well as fund­ing pi­o­neer­ing, life-chang­ing re­search into care, treat­ment and pre­ven­tion.

Run­ners will be cheered on by Di­a­betes UK sup­port­ers from cheer points giv­ing them an ex­tra boost to­wards the fin­ish line.

All run­ners who join the Di­a­betes UK team re­ceive a branded vest, crazy hair, a fundrais­ing tool­kit, on­line sup­port and train­ing tips.

If you would like to run for Di­a­betes UK, con­tact Maria Roberts on 07990 003791 email maria. roberts@di­a­betes.org.uk

Maria Roberts, Di­a­betes UK

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