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Should we pander to those who disagree with a poll result?

16 August, 2019

• HAVING read the August 9 letter from Stephen Southam, I could not agree with him more, (Democracy as legacy).

As a prime example of what Stephen Southam says concerning democracy take Russia. In elections for president they come in with a 99.99 per cent victory, the reason for this is there is only one candidate.

Mr Southam makes the point that the remainers in the continuing Brexit argument say that the 52 per cent who voted to leave voted wrongly and this should be set aside, as according to the remainers this was invalid.

There will always be those who vote for somebody or something in either a local or general election and don’t like the result.

So should we pander to them and say OK, set this result aside as it didn’t suit you and either put a completely different person in or alternatively we will keep on having ballots until we get the result that suits you?

I would say OK to this if the aggrieved person or persons are willing to foot the not inconsiderable bills. This is what democracy is all about – accepting that there has been a majority vote on an issue but it may not have gone how you, the individual, wanted it to go.

Unfortunately there are some people who feel that their view is the only one acceptable and nobody else should have a view that is different from theirs.

In 1975 when we had the referendum on the Common Market I believed that it was based on trading and agreed with this.

Had I, and no doubt many others, known that 40 years or so down the line the people who ran the then EEC decided that this was not enough and wanted to make a united states of Europe, then I would have voted against it.

Take the election of the president of European Commission. Only one candidate stood and only 700 votes were cast for her. Did the great masses of people in all of the member states have a say? No they did not. So how is that democracy?

But again then why is it that so much animosity is shown by those who voted to remain, against those who voted to leave and won by a narrow majority. Surely the majority wins.

JE KIRBY
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