Politi­cians them­selves are the cause of ap­a­thy

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Telegraph - AN­TON LANG

RE­GARD­ING Cllr Adrian Min­ers let­ter:

Just to sit pon­tif­i­cat­ing about all that is wrong’ with the vot­ing public may cost you your votes in the next coun­cil elec­tions.

How dare you in­sult the public, in­tel­lec­tual enough to chal­lenge your views on “com­pul­sory vot­ing” but clearly not enough to de­cide that, in ab­stain­ing from vot­ing, they are un­able to force the po­lit­i­cal world into re­assess­ing the cur­rent ‘po­lit­i­cal’ stric­tures and its val­ues (or not, as the case may be).

Per­haps if coun­cil­lors and MPS spent less time ac­cus­ing the elec­torate of po­lit­i­cal ap­a­thy and more time fo­cus­ing upon clean­ing their own house, mak­ing it more mean­ing­ful and rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the peo­ple you might find the voter sit­ting less on their bums and more in the polling booth.

It is up to you, the seat holder, to main­tain your po­si­tion, not for us to do it for you.

It’s a bit like cine­mas and the­atres blam­ing the public for not be­ing in­ter­ested in cul­ture but not pro­vid­ing the fa­cil­i­ties and in­ter­ests that would in­duce their au­di­ences to re­turn.

You sit on your seat, not I, and if you want to keep it then at­tract my at­ten­tion and per­haps en­cour­age sys­tem change.

You were elected to in­duce change and yet sit in judge­ment on those who could re­turn you for an­other term; thus demon­strat­ing pre­cisely why the voter grows weary.

We have seen this film, pro­duc­tion be­fore. Give us some­thing new and we’ll re­turn.

And once again, I re­it­er­ate my po­si­tion – I DID take five min­utes of my life to vote but found the cup­board was bare!

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