Not using vote insults those who have none

Readers' Letters
Readers' Letters

IN reply to Craig Robinson’s letter, ‘Young people – get out and vote to rock the boat’ (Gazette, Feb 15).

I would like to commend Craig on speaking out on this.

I myself will be eligible to vote in the forthcoming election and, like Craig, I will be proudly trooping down to my local polling station to exercise the most important of democratic rights.

It infuriates me when people start complaining about things, even if it’s just trivial matters such as bin collections changing from weekly to fortnightly and when I ask them if they vote, they reply with a stern “no”.

If, as a citizen of a democratic country, you are not prepared to vote, then you have no right to complain about anything political.

And by political, I’m also talking about bin collections – as even bin collections come down to politics!

What is more, if you are not prepared to take a 200-metre stroll down to your polling station once every five years, you may as well put two fingers up at those who fought tirelessly fighting for it.

Even today, 2.5 billion people in the world continue to live under totalitarian rule.

The only specific detail I would disagree with Craig on is that of votes at 16. If you are eligible to pay taxes at 16, then you should have the right to vote at 16.

I am a firm believer in that old Boston Tea Party mantra of: “Taxation without representation is tyranny.”

Jack White,

King George Road,

South Shields.