Veteran voters will decide at elections
A letter in the Mercury asks what right does an ageing, overwhelmingly male UKIP member have to, according to the author, ruin it for the rest of us?
The answer is it's because they have a vote and have the choice of who to vote for, just like the rest of us.
The letter seems to imply that the aged (particularly men) are stuck in their ways; unable to adapt to the new reality.
Actually, what the letter provides evidence for is that the old are changing their ways since their increasing support for UKIP is new.
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It is probable that this is a general phenomenon not restricted to UKIP. Increasingly, the "no longer young" question their allegiance to the party of their youth. They have listened to too many fairy tales to be taken for granted again.
Most of the political parties hammer on about the ageing population but do not seem to realise the consequences for their electoral base.
The changing demographic means that the average age of voters will be increasing. A larger number will be old. Additionally, flighty youth takes its voting responsibilities lightly, but the elders take it seriously with the result that a far larger percentage of the latter vote.
And whom they vote for is no longer guaranteed. Consequently, it is likely the author of the letter is being unduly dismissive of the aged. A lot of political canvassing is directed at youth but the suspicion must be that the result of the next elections for the foreseeable future will be decided by the grey-haired.
Russ Ball, Leicester.