I noted in a letter to the Star last week, from JC Oxby, that he or she condemned the ‘self-serving policies of a Sheffield Labour Authority elected on a minority First past the post vote.’
I naturally give credit to JC Oxby for making a point that requires publication, however I feel it necessary to point out the current Government, which in my view is decimating our city with its policies, was elected on a particularly minimal vote.
The Government achieved 36 per cent of the votes cast in 2015, 19 million of the 30 million voters did not vote for this Conservative Government.
Only one in four adults eligible to vote supported the Conservatives.
This resulted in the Tories having 50.7 per cent of the MP’s in Parliament.
In Sheffield, Labour have 68 per cent of the councillors.
So if there are victims of the first past the post voting system in Sheffield, figures would indicate it is those who didn’t vote for this Government, not those who locally didn’t vote Labour.
Despite the Government’s small majority, it feels able for example, to remove 250 jobs from our City to London, those at the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills, ironically currently working on the so called ‘Northern Powerhouse.’
Seldom has there been a more absurd decision, and it is a clear indication of the Cameron and Osbourne attitude to Sheffield and the North.