ELECTIONS, quite rightly, are held in secret but there are times when it would be fascinating to see exactly who voted.

A record number, 361,325, have registered to vote in the Bradford Council ballot on Thursday, the highest since the Metropolitan District was created in 1974, and it will be interesting to see whether that is reflected in the turn-out. In particular, I’d like to know how many of those who viciously, anonymously and often unreasonably attack local politicians on social media and website Comments sections as a matter of course, just because they can, actually bother to vote.

I’d urge them all to take part in the democratic process. In short, put up or shut up. We’re all bound by the choice of the majority, like it or not, but we can’t fairly complain if we don’t join in.