If G Hodgson (The Weekend Sun, April 20) wishes to criticise the local council for being unoriginal, stagnant and out of touch, or ‘stale’, to use their word, I have no problem. These are clearly undesirable characteristics. However, things become problematic for me once the words ‘pale’ and ‘male’ are thrown into the mix; as though being a man and having European ancestry are similarly negative traits. Although identity politics may be en vogue these days, voting for or against people based on gender and ethnicity meets the dictionary definitions of both sexism and racism. I shall be voting based on the merits of the individual candidates, not their skin colour or gender.
C Lawson, Ohauiti.