Telegraph View: Name out of a hat anyone?

John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council
John Mothersole, Chief Executive of Sheffield City Council
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Have your say

If you are going to vote today – or if you have already voted – then I thank you. If you plan not to vote, then why not?

I know the arguments. It won’t make a difference is a common one. It’s a fairly obvious fact though that any majority is made up of lots of single votes, just like each goal matters in a 7-0 victory. But things can get tight. One election in Sheffield last year was a dead heat. I had to decide it by drawing lots. One more vote then would have made a big difference.

One election in Sheffield last year was a dead heat. I had to decide it by drawing lots. One more vote then would have made a big difference

I don’t like any of the candidates is a line that comes out. Well, one of them is going to win whether or not you vote. Why not try and get the best one for you and your views?

I’m not into politics is another argument. That may be true, but you probably have views on tax, pay, healthcare, transport, education. The list could be very long. These are all affected, indeed shaped, by politics. You may not be into politics, but you probably care about what it does because if affects you and those around you.

Now I have lived in Sheffield for the best part of 20 years, and one of the many great things about this city is that it has a conscience. It has a strong sense of what is right or wrong, what is acceptable and unacceptable. And that means it has opinions. I bet that after this election everyone will have an opinion on the winners. So if you are going to have an opinion after the event you might as well have it now. Let that vote be the opinion that you have.

If I’m still not persuading you, then just think how easy it is. It will take a few minutes, and unlike the X-Factor it’s free and the winner won’t sing.

Ultimately though, and seriously, every adult having a vote is a fairly recent thing even in the life of this country.

It was fought for and people since have fought to protect it.

Don’t we owe it to them to use our vote?

Honour the past by shaping the future. Vote, please.