Tuesday, 4 May 2010

What price democracy?

Newton Abbot pensioner Gordon Green, 82, had to fork out £1.32 for a letter where postage had not been paid, only to discover it was an election leaflet from Lib Dem Richard Younger- Ross, who has since insisted Mr Green would be compensated if he contacted his constituency office.
It is not just the main parties leaving voters out of pocket. Western Morning News reader Andrew Hall has been in touch to say he traveled to a hustings to hear from two Independent candidates standing in the Westcountry, Dr Stephen Hopwood in Totnes and Brian Gerrish in Plymouth at the Totnes Truth Festival.
“This festival was advertised as "Free" - imagine my surprise therefore to be told that free admission could only be gained by paying a £10 donation as the speakers needed to be paid,” Mr Hall writes.
“What is the world coming to when we have to pay to hear what Prospective Parliamentary Candidates have to say? What next, £10 to have a look at their duckhouses?”

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