Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Don't Let Expenses Mess Stop You Voting; VOICE OF THE NORTH

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Don't Let Expenses Mess Stop You Voting; VOICE OF THE NORTH

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IT is to be hoped that, in the general mood of cynicism which currently pervades British society over the MPs' claims scandal, our citizens will not be tempted to wash their hands over the whole political process, but will show their sense of civic duty by voting in the coming elections to the European Parliament.

The democratic right to vote was only won by the self-sacrifice and dedication of our forbears who treasured the rights and privileges which went with it. When one speaks of rights, one must not forget the associated duties which are incumbent on the general public to ensure it votes for candidates of a democratic party (of whatever political hue) which intends to pursue the aims of the founders of the European Union.

It would be foolish to abstain from voting altogether out of a sense of disenchantment with recent events at Westminster. It would be even more foolish to vote for candidates whose explicit intention is to beat the drum of extreme nationalism (Little Englanders) in order to wreck an association of European states which has brought untold benefits to its contributors. …

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