Letter - Council should have on online poll to make decisions on emotive issues

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The council’s decision not to show respect to Baroness Thatcher by flying the Union flag at half mast is symptomatic of an increasing problem of the few speaking for the many.

The flag issue is not an earth shattering decision in itself, life goes on and nobody is really hurt by it. But it is a victory yet again for a few people.

Wakefield MDC had 326,000 people in the 2011 census so it’s fair to say it is now more than that. Yet if 1,000 people complained about the flag, the council would be talking about overwhelming numbers, yet it means that 325,000 have not complained and maybe they would all have agreed to fly it.

We will never know because nobody asked them.

The fundamental problem here is that there is no real mechanism to register agreement with issues, just disagreement, which is hardly a democratic way to run a council, or anything else for that matter.

Wakefield has a very comprehensive website so let’s use it to become more democratic. On issues such as this, the website can conduct a poll on the home page, not buried where people cannot find it and let the voters have their say. A simple yes or no to the question ‘should Wakefield council fly Union flags at half mast to honour Baroness Thatcher on the day of her funeral’ would have sufficed, majority wins, it’s called democracy!!!

Now let’s be clear, I am not suggesting that all decisions are dealt with in this way, but emotive issues like this could be. It will also make it a lot easier for the council because they are pretty useless at making decisions as this case points out.

Alan Hazelhurst

UKIP Candidate, Wakefield South

Hill Top Road

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