Letters to the editor

A new approach

[Re: Anti-politics and the rise and rise of online democracy, yesterday]

I am frequently amazed by the extent to which politics has changed since I first voted in 1975. Today, I belong to the cohort of citizens who are unable to distinguish between the three main political parties. That the Italians are breaking the mould is welcome news. Like the Italians, we desperately need a “civic revolution”. For as long as the three main parties squable over the “centre ground”, and strive to appeal to a handful of swing constituencies, politics in country will continue to stagnate.

Mark Smith

The biggest untapped well of votes comes from the “don’t knows” or “don’t votes”, a point touched upon by Nigel Farage at Eastleigh. The main parties should prioritise this over chasing one another’s votes and repeatedly landing in the middle ground.

Mary Bate

[Re: EU cap on bankers’ bonuses puts a vital British industry under attack, Friday]

British interests, particularly in the finance sector, are rarely aligned with the other member states. This has resulted in Britain being saddled with yet more and more onerous and costly regulation. Economic rewards are now more likely to come from better trading relationships with the rest of the world rather than closer integration with a fracturing Europe.

Paul Netherwood, partner, Beach Horizon



Those blaming Cameron for the Tories not winning Eastleigh should bear in mind his poll rating is higher than the party’s.

We need a pro-enterprise budget, not a “cost of living” budget, to make oligopolistic markets competitive.

I don’t understand the furore over HSBC’s Stuart Gulliver’s bonus. The art of good management is delegation.

Investors may be favouring equities over bonds, but sentiment still fragile: net retail sales in January lowest since August 2012.