Current price of our democracy

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I THINK the Parable of the Vineyard (Matt. Ch.20 v1-16) has some relevance to Mr Armitage’s complaint (May 14).

He admits he was satisfied with the terms on which he was as a poll clerk, but then expresses jealously of colleagues who were engaged on more favourable terms.

Rather than campaign for the terms of the council-employed poll staff to be levelled down, why doesn’t he campaign for non-council staff to receive a day’s council clerk’s pay in addition to their poll duty fee?

If we are to maintain our current democratic system, we must be prepared to pay a fair price; whether it be for hire of premises (which I know from first hand to be underpaid) or for staff.

PA Wells, Alnwick Rd, S12