About time things were all shook up

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

IT seems as though I’ve ruf­fled a few feathers in my be­lief that com­pul­sory vot­ing should be in­tro­duced in all our elec­tions!

Good – about time some­body started to shake the malaise of those too busy with their own lives, not to be both­ered with what hap­pens to their neigh­bour.

Ap­a­thy was the big­gest win­ner on elec­tion day, and if so­ci­ety soon doesn’t wake up to the de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of our per­sonal free­doms, then we can all kiss good­bye to ‘Let­ter Pages’ in our me­dia.

Some of the ruf­fled feathers have sought to make the whole ar­gu­ment per­sonal, at­tack­ing yours truly as an in­di­vid­ual – why?

I have sug­gested that our Bal­lot Pa­pers should in­clude a box “None of the above” - that per­haps we should in­tro­duce on­line vot­ing and that all of us have a duty to en­sure the le­git­i­macy of our demo­cratic sys­tem.

It is true that neg­a­tive cam­paign­ing by some politi­cians, en­cour­ages ap­a­thy and that we must move to the po­si­tion where pos­i­tive cam­paign­ing is the norm. This must be cou­pled with the me­dia help­ing to en­sure its re­port­ing isn’t al­ways about the neg­a­tives.

I’ve put my­self up for public scru­tiny and of­fered vot­ers to judge my ac­tions and ser­vice eight times, so far! Per­haps, all those so keen to ar­gue about com­pul­sory vot­ing and tell us lo­cal politi­cians where we are go­ing wrong, should con­sider of­fer­ing them­selves up for elec­tion?

Isn’t there an old say­ing “Put up or shut up”!

Per­haps this should be my last re­sponse to the ‘Com­pul­sory Vot­ing’ ar­gu­ment, as maybe my en­er­gies are bet­ter re-di­rected to the sys­tem we cur­rently use to reg­is­ter our votes. Namely, the ‘First-past­The-post’ vot­ing sys­tem! Now if ever there is a bla­tant cor­rup­tion of peo­ples choices - this is it. I’m a keen ad­vo­cate of ‘Pref­er­en­tial Vot­ing’ us­ing the Sin­gle Trans­fer­able Vote (STV) sys­tem, but per­haps this may ruf­fle even more feathers in more glass houses? Cllr Adrian Min­ers

(Lib­eral Party) Dogsthorpe Ward I AM writ­ing to say a huge, huge thankyou to all the 1286 peo­ple who voted for me in Park Ward last Thurs­day.

I am pleased to say that I will be con­tin­u­ing to work with our bril­liant Labour Branch and will con­tinue to work with res­i­dents, multi-agen­cies and com­mu­nity groups as part of the Labour Group to help im­prove op­por­tu­ni­ties and tackle ne­glect and in­equal­ity in our city.

We have a lively and ac­tive Labour Branch Group and now hold 11 seats on the city coun­cil and have be­come the main op­po­si­tion party. I feel very proud to have been part of such a hard fought cam­paign across Peter­bor­ough that saw five new Labour Coun­cil­lors elected.

I would urge any­one who has be­come in­spired and in­ter­ested in work­ing with such ded­i­cated and caring peo­ple, to please email me nic@postmaster.co.uk.

The best thing about this elec­tion, is that I have met and spo­ken to so many peo­ple and fam­i­lies, ev­ery­one has been very wel­com­ing on the doorstep and I have en­joyed get­ting to know my lo­cal area at this level. I have also made some ex­cel­lent friends and formed some strong al­liances with many peo­ple, and look for­ward to work­ing with them in the fu­ture.

The big­gest thankyou goes out to my fam­ily and the peo­ple who worked so hard for me, so en­thu­si­as­ti­cally and po­litely in the face of lots of pres­sure. Many thanks to you all. NI­COLA DAY-DEMPSEY

Labour Can­di­date

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co.uk Tele­graph reader Rob Roan sent us this picture of a nest of five wag­tail chicks on his friend’s fork­lift in Den­ton which he

said is cur­rently out of ac­tion due to the “crèche”!

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