Its taken us a while but we have finally persuaded former Ed of the old Mellis News, Lawrie Read, to contribute to the Mellis eNews. We hope you enjoy the following snippets - food for thought perhaps or maybe even a response to us here at the Mellis eNews. Click HERE to email us
It’s taken a long time. But I think I’ve finally got my off-spring to take voting seriously.
My view was that if you don’t exercise the right to vote, you don’t live in a democracy and let’s face it, flawed though it is, it’s still probably better than a dictatorship.
I’ve heard all the old arguments – ‘Oh I don’t know who to vote for’, ‘I don’t like to encourage them’, ‘They’re all as bad as each other’, ‘Everyone around here is Labour and I want to vote for someone else, but it’s not worth it ‘cos they won’t get voted in’ etc. etc.
It took a long time to persuade them that a) they really should vote (as in, if you don’t, you are not part of a democracy), b) that it’s the action of taking part that gives you the right to complain about what politicians do and to voice an opinion when they do something that does not seem right, or is against your views and c) if they really don’t know who to vote for – go and spoil your ballot paper and then, at least, you’re still part of the process.
It had crossed my mind that compulsory voting could be a good thing. I have not thought through the arguments for or against – I’m hoping that someone else may have some ideas on the subject though?
It can’t be impossible to implement – after all, 22 countries in the world already have it!
Yep, on retiring last year – like a lot of gentlemen of a certain age – I decided to indulge in a sports car. It had to be something out of the ordinary – so no Mazda MX5’s, no MGs, no Porsche’s – no, for me, it had to be a TVR.
Luckily, there’s a garage down in Needham Market who have dealt in TVRs for many years. So, I took myself off to have a look what they had.
Well, there it was, a Chimera in Halcyon Blue and stunning and it had to be mine. Basically, for those people who don’t know, a TVR originally grew out of just being a track-day car, to a GT over the years, but retained track-day ‘features’ – that is, no ABS, no four-wheel drive, no air-bags, no heated seats, no brake assist, no electrically adjusted anything – it’s an engine, with 2 seats attached (oh, and you get a steering wheel) – that’s it.
What could go wrong?
Well, quite a bit actually.
Summing up a year’s motoring – 200 miles and most of the time it’s been in the garage getting fixed
I know all about sports cars.
I wouldn’t touch one with a barge-pole (not even your barge-pole)
I’ve been considering why I gave up work – I did actually enjoy what I did. There was the usual mish-mash of reasons – one of which I’d been working in computing for 47 years, since I was 16, and let’s face it – after all that time, it was time I tried my hand at something else!
But after thinking about it, there were actually 2 outstanding reasons.
I quit the following day.