Vote – to make a difference
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.
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.
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
Maria Roberts, Diabetes UK