It may be a temptation to believe on Thursday next that a Labour supermajority will be achieved "whether I go and vote or not".

But it is not the opinion polls, conducted mainly by and for the media, which will determine our next government:  it is the votes cast by electors on Thursday, July 4.

Our first-past-the-post system means that the primary purpose of the general election vote is to elect our member of parliament. Only by implication is it a vote for who is prime minister, who Chancellor or who Foreign Secretary.

Our precious right, fought for by brave women and men 80 and more years ago, to choose who governs, depends on individual effort and action.



Henry Fryer,

Lower Basingwell Street,

Bishop’s Waltham