Playing with voters . . .

LETTER

Twice now the Tories in Great Britain have played the electoral system for their own selfish party reasons and twice landed the British people in a mess.

Former leader David Cameron, in a bid to squash backbench dissent, went ahead with a referendum on leaving the EU as he was confident the UK would vote to remain. Oh dear. The current leader Theresa May, in a bid of naked political opportunism, sought to smash Labour and solidify her support by way of a snap election she said she wouldn’t call. Oh dear, dear.

Well, in our own way and albeit on a smaller scale we have our own version of personal interests being put ahead of the greater good.

The maximum level of a 2 percent rates rise set by the Mayor three years ago and campaigned on by him last year is an example of putting self-aggrandizement ahead of what’s best for the district. Posing as a model of discretion when it comes to fiscal responsibility in order to get re-elected, thereby putting off the hard decisions that need to be made, does a huge disservice to us all.

Bruce Holm

Twice now the Tories in Great Britain have played the electoral system for their own selfish party reasons and twice landed the British people in a mess.

Former leader David Cameron, in a bid to squash backbench dissent, went ahead with a referendum on leaving the EU as he was confident the UK would vote to remain. Oh dear. The current leader Theresa May, in a bid of naked political opportunism, sought to smash Labour and solidify her support by way of a snap election she said she wouldn’t call. Oh dear, dear.

Well, in our own way and albeit on a smaller scale we have our own version of personal interests being put ahead of the greater good.

The maximum level of a 2 percent rates rise set by the Mayor three years ago and campaigned on by him last year is an example of putting self-aggrandizement ahead of what’s best for the district. Posing as a model of discretion when it comes to fiscal responsibility in order to get re-elected, thereby putting off the hard decisions that need to be made, does a huge disservice to us all.

Bruce Holm

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John Fricker - 6 days ago
It takes a special person to liken what is going on in Britain with a Gisborne rate rise. Your first two paragraphs are best described as fake news.