Illusion of choice

Anthony Garrett (Letters, 28 January) decries the refusal of so many people to vote, claiming our politicians are as honest as any in the world.

Has he noted that Labour and the Lib Dems cynically broke their manifesto promises that we would be allowed a referendum on the EU, the Tories broke the same "cast-iron promise" and the SNP, which was in a position to hold a Scottish referendum, did not do so? If their most binding promises are so easily broken, how can we trust to their "honesty" in any lesser or more difficult matter?

On almost all the major questions all four parties function as one – one which has a virtual monopoly of the media, particularly the state-funded BBC. All we are left to do is to ratify which branch of the ruling party gets to apply the whip this time.

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NEIL CRAIG

Woodlands Road

Glasgow