It’s vital to make views known
PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:14 10 June 2010
The letter from Daniel Ashdown (December 18), questioning the point of voting, was so sad. He briefly touched on those who fought so hard to ensure our freedom to vote, yet still cannot see the point.
The letter from Daniel Ashdown (December 18), questioning the point of voting, was so sad. He briefly touched on those who fought so hard to ensure our freedom to vote, yet still cannot see the point. If I may address him directly:
The point, Daniel, is that if you don't make your views known and have them put on the record then those who would govern us can claim the right to do exactly as they please.
Just look at the number of times the 'silent majority' are used as authority to do what ordinary folk do not want done. As a very senior county council officer once said to me: "They don't want to do as they should, but you have to wear them down, bleed them dry, pinprick by pinprick. Make sure everyone knows what's happening."
Every vote is a pinprick, every letter to the paper or other medium is a pinprick, every public meeting is a pinprick. A pinprick and a beam of light cast on what's happening.
If Exmothians had given up in despair when the Exeter Road was closed, we would have lost all our traders by now and the area would be dead. We didn't give up, we fought tooth and nail and the road was eventually re-opened to become a warm and vibrant shopping area.
That truly was People Power at its best, residents and traders combined making a force to be reckoned with. There are other such examples in this town, you only have to look.
75 Egremont Road, Exmouth.
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