Letters: Malcolm Cox, September 9, 2016

160676-1 Gos Elections
 Ballot boxes arrive at the Gosport Leisure Centre for the election count.

Picture: Steve Reid/ Blitz PPP-160605-062135001
160676-1 Gos Elections Ballot boxes arrive at the Gosport Leisure Centre for the election count. Picture: Steve Reid/ Blitz PPP-160605-062135001

It is good to see so much “informed” opinion pouring into our readers’ column.

I was especially struck by John Vincent’s less than impressive reply to I Christie. Mr Vincent reminds us that democracy is “government for the people by the people.” Setting aside the missing element which will be immediately obvious to anyone familiar with this definition, he then compounds his error with “one man, one vote.” Ladies have been enfranchised for quite some time now. Well, alright then, a mere slip of the pen, but such omissions often portray mindsets. On the other hand he is right to admonish all those young voters who so recently proved apathetic. However, his view that “claims by the leavers were wide of the mark” deserve Mr Wheatley’s favourite dismissal of “weasel words.” Democracy means more than just voting every now and then. It means us plebs having a greater say in all areas of life, social, cultural, economic, etc. Sadly, so many of our citizens do not have the economy to enjoy the other two. The very rich are getting richer while the very poor continue to sink. At the very least democracy demands some sort of PR system which would have given UKIP more than one MP and anyone who has followed my contributions on the subject of Mr Farage and friends will know where I stand. That is just the point, though: I am prepared to allow a fair shout to those I disagree with because they have a right to be heard. I wonder if all those who have been telling us dissenters to shut up and move on are quite so democratic.

Malcolm Cox, Terrington St Clement