South Wales Echo letters: Thursday, January 24, 2019

Here’s why we won’t be spending our pennies in Porthcawl any more

MY wife and I visited Porthcawl on Saturday for our regular trip. Dismay!

The only toilets were closed. Apparently after 95 years of general use. We spend in several shops as a rule but this will now have to end. No loos.

The buffoons who have brought about this situation should think again, if they are capable of doing this.

Mr WR Turner

Ystradowen, Vale of Glamorgan

First things first for referendum

The media makes increasing reference to a second referendum. The significant point to comprehend is that the first referendum has not been fully completed, therefore a second referendum cannot be held.

Roy Wolstencroft

Cardiff

Keeping us both happy

HOW about if Mrs May tries this plan to keep Corbyn happy: take leaving the EU with no deal off the table, but also for people like me take Remain off the table. Please also stop calling it May’s deal; it’s Britain’s deal.

Peter Mullane

Tremorfa, Cardiff

Let’s have fresh lot of poll candidates

If Brexit is reneged upon by our MPs in parliament, and we do not exit the EU in March, then I feel that a general election should be called, and all budding candidates should not include current MPs.

All of those presently sitting as constituent MPs should be excluded because they have not fulfilled the democratic wishes of the public, as per the 2016 referendum on leaving the EU.

Lyndon G Morgan

Gelli, Rhondda

Only by voting can you change things

Andrew Nutt writes (Echo letters, January 22) that a recent poll shows 56% would now vote to stay in EU against 44% who want to leave. However, we must beware of the phrase “would now vote”.

Analysis of that poll shows that few people who actually voted Leave (or Remain) have changed their minds. The people who have changed their minds most are those who didn’t vote at all. Many “don’t knows” in 2016 now say they would vote to Remain.

Polls published after the referendum in 2016 already showed that abstainers were far more inclined to Remain – in some polls by a margin of more than two to one, more than enough to have changed the result –IF they had voted. That is even more true now.

But we don’t know that they would actually cast a vote, in the event that there will be another referendum. (I make no comment on the desirability or otherwise of that prospect, or on how I would vote.)

Many people believe voting is unimportant and will change nothing. Thanks to our general election “first past the post” system, in many constituencies, this is true. Most votes don’t count. Even when power changes to a different party, many people feel it doesn’t impact on their lives. Clearly, the EU referendum on EU membership is an example where voting could, and did, make a major difference.

But will abstainers learn that lesson? No opinion poll can tell us that.

Paul Seligman

Fairwater, Cardiff

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