Postal vot­ing is fraught with prob­lems for USA

South Wales Echo - - Your Views -

I do not blame Don­ald Trump for be­ing re­luc­tant to an­swer “yes” to the ques­tion: “Will there be an or­derly tran­si­tion af­ter the elec­tion?” If he wins, there won’t need to be a tran­si­tion, just an in­au­gu­ra­tion. But who­ever wins, be­cause this elec­tion is be­ing con­ducted to a sig­nif­i­cant de­gree by post, there can­not be a quick in­au­gu­ra­tion.

I at­tended a we­bi­nar on postal vot­ing in the USA, and in many states it is pos­si­ble for peo­ple who have been sent an un­so­licited bal­lot pa­per to vote with­out be­ing reg­is­tered to vote.

They would have to “pre-reg­is­ter” their vot­ing in­ten­tion and fol­low it up with ID later.

Be­cause of this, it may not be pos­si­ble, un­like in this coun­try where ev­ery­one needs to be reg­is­tered to vote in or­der to vote by post, for it to be known who is the win­ner un­til all the un­reg­is­tered vot­ers have con­firmed their iden­tity.

There­fore Don­ald Trump is right to have con­cerns about the in­tegrity of the vot­ing sys­tem in the USA.

How­ever, there is no rea­son that if Covid is still an is­sue next May that elec­tions next year can­not be held by post in the UK, as our vot­ing sys­tem is far more se­cure.

Cllr Jonathan Bishop Com­mu­nity coun­cil­lor for Nant­garw

Don’t cen­sor text of prob­lem­atic novelist

MICHAEL O’Neill’s in­ter­est­ing let­ter (Echo, Septem­ber 26) raises a num­ber of im­por­tant ques­tions.

Per­son­ally, I do not feel that it would be help­ful to amend the text of Eve­lyn Waugh’s nov­els to re­move of­fen­sive words and at­ti­tudes, as they pro­vide a con­text for the world in which his char­ac­ters live.

Faulkner fre­quently uses the word to which I think Mr O’ Neill is re­fer­ring, but all of his char­ac­ters have a real hu­man­ity re­gard­less of race.

I be­lieve Waugh is far more prob­lem­atic than other out­stand­ing English novelists like Hardy, Forster, Gra­ham Greene and the sadly un­der­rated LP Hart­ley, per­haps be­cause he was both a snob and the clos­est to the Es­tab­lish­ment of his time.

Ray Jenkin Cardiff

Ex­trem­ists have been ush­ered in

DEMO­CRATIC elec­tions are not di­vi­sive by def­i­ni­tion in the same way as a ref­er­en­dum be­cause in an elec­tion vot­ers elect an MP to rep­re­sent all their con­stituents in Par­lia­ment re­gard­less of how they voted.

In stark con­trast, the nar­row ma­jor­ity for the Brexit ref­er­en­dum re­sult has been sub­verted by ex­trem­ists to ex­clude not only those who did not vote for it (a ma­jor­ity of all vot­ers due to those who ab­stained) but all those who voted Leave on the false prom­ise of “the eas­i­est deal in his­tory”. Far from that, it now ap­pears we will be lucky to get any deal at all, let alone one that de­liv­ers all the ben­e­fits of be­ing in the cus­toms union and the sin­gle mar­ket.

The party of small busi­ness is now the party of bil­lion­aires.

The Brexit ref­er­en­dum was pri­mar­ily in­tended to heal di­vi­sions within the Con­ser­va­tive Party but has caused them to self-de­struct by hand­ing un­con­di­tional power to the un­elected master­mind of the Vote Leave cam­paign, Do­minic Cum­mings, for whom our hap­less and hope­less Prime Min­is­ter is the fall guy in Par­lia­ment.

Mar­garet Phelps


Virus worst-case sce­nario fears

STOP scar­ing us with the “worstcase sce­nario” called “rea­son­able” only by the Swansea authors of the Welsh Gov­ern­ment Tech­ni­cal Ad­vi­sory Group’s “New Rea­son­able Worst Case Sce­nario for the Win­ter” pub­lished on Septem­ber 9 2020

The model is prim­i­tive and, crit­i­cally, in­cludes noth­ing on the ef­fec­tive­ness of the test-trace-iso­late sys­tem in Wales.

Eng­land’s sys­tem is col­laps­ing with many tests ex­ceed­ing even the two-day limit and their trac­ing find­ing low frac­tions of con­tacts.

The virus is run­ning be­yond ca­pac­ity in English lock-down ar­eas, but we’re told this is un­true in Wales.

We’re bring­ing back analysis of NHS staff test-data from Serco’s fail­ing “Nightin­gale” ser­vice.

It’s fully un­rea­son­able to as­sume col­lapse of the “test-and-iso­late” sys­tem, our prime tool for con­trol­ling the virus.

Drake­ford needs to tell Gething to share the blame for cur­rent deficits in ca­pac­ity and short-fall­ing the 24-hour tar­get.

And se­condly to en­sure we have an ex­cel­lent sys­tem within weeks. Max Wal­lis


There is no rea­son that elec­tions can­not be held by post in the UK as our vot­ing sys­tem is far more se­cure

Jonathan Bishop Nant­garw

Ev­ery­one can save lives by mask­ing up

AT A time of na­tional cri­sis, the out­break of the Sec­ond World War, the Bri­tish Gov­ern­ment had 38 mil­lion highly tech­ni­cal res­pi­ra­tors man­u­fac­tured, to pro­tect civil­ians and chil­dren from pos­si­ble Ger­man poi­son gas bombs.

In Jan­uary 2020, it was sug­gested that the Gov­ern­ment should is­sue cloth face masks to civil­ian adults, to limit, to some de­gree, the quan­tity of corona viruses ex­haled into the air we all breathe in.

The Gov­ern­ment op­posed that on the strange ba­sis that choos­ing to do noth­ing would be more ef­fi­cient than tak­ing pos­si­ble pre­ven­ta­tive ac­tion.

Sci­ence tells us that 41,000 cit­i­zens died from a coro­n­avirus that could only have come from one unique, generic source, ex­pelled from the lungs of in­fected per­sons who prob­a­bly had no symp­toms.

Math­e­mat­ics ex­plains the ex­po­nen­tial R fig­ure, that ev­ery coro­n­avirus which we can catch in a glob­ule, be­fore it might be float­ing in air cur­rents which oth­ers in­hale, makes a huge nu­mer­i­cal dif­fer­ence to the spread of the in­fec­tion. A tiny re­duc­tion of viruses ex­pelled at source, must re­strict the wider spread from the many peo­ple in­fected from ev­ery sin­gle, sep­a­rate source.

There is a huge di­vide amongst Bri­tons, of a ma­jor­ity who see masks as per­sonal pro­tec­tion from in­hal­ing disease, strongly dis­cour­aged in Jan­uary and legally en­forced in Au­gust. Only a mi­nor­ity have the vi­sion to per­ceive that each cit­i­zen has the op­por­tu­nity to save lives and limit the pan­demic, by us­ing a mask to re­duce the pos­si­bil­ity, un­known, that viruses from them might in­fect oth­ers.

CN Wester­man


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