We must abide by democratic vote

PUBLISHED: 11:51 13 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:11 10 June 2010

It was with great interest that I read Anne Prior's letter in last week's Journal, the so called silent majority. She makes several assumptions about the silent majority, insofar as, they probably don't even vote" and they do not give a damm", dangero

It was with great interest that I read Anne Prior's letter in last week's Journal, the so called - silent majority.She makes several assumptions about the silent majority, insofar as, "they probably don't even vote" and "they do not give a damm", dangerous assumptions to make I think, when one looks at the political framework in which we exist, both locally and nationally.I would suggest she perhaps looks at the fact that we live in a democracy and therefore, as such, a group governs us either at local level or national level, which was voted into power and given a mandate, by a majority of the public. Sadly, this majority which gives them power over us mere mortals will always be a "flawed majority", because it will only ever be a "majority, based on the number of people who voted", not a majority of the population. However, this system has and will continue to be the way in which British politics is run and therefore is the basis of a democracy.I despise the Labour party at national level and I find East Devon District Council to be sadly lacking in certain avenues in the way it conducts itself, yet, I voted at both local and national level and in democratic form, I have to abide by the actions of those who gained power. Whilst free speech and the right to an opinion are set in stone, we as voters have one recourse open to us, should we disagree with the actions of those who run our country and services ie at election, vote for someone else. In their wisdom EDDC has decided that the best site for ASDA is on the estuary side and the deal they have been offered is the best, in their opinion. Perhaps the so called "silent majority" are too busy working and surviving the daily grind to worry about a development whose outcome they have trusted to those for whom they voted at the last election. Who knows? For my part, I fully support ASDA and their move to Exmouth, along with the chance that Lidl and Aldi may come here too. Anything that breaks the stranglehold that Tesco has had on this town, for far too long. Those seen in Exmouth with their "No to Asda" badges seem to often fill a demographic group, which is busy filling the avenues with "McCarthy and Stone-esque" retirement flats. Sadly, I do fear the silent majority probably couldn't give a damm, because they sit watching Exmouth turn into a "West country Eastbourne" and already shop out of town anyway.Since the demise of Rolle College, we have lost the spending of some 3,000 students and 400 staff in Exmouth and its environs, amounting to an estimated four to five million pounds per annum, which is not being spent in the town. I wonder whether she, or her vociferous minority, will be matching that spending?Ian R Woolger,16 Otter Court,Budleigh Salterton.


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