Letters, Friday, July 8th, 2011

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State of entrance to court building

ON the Letters Page of July 5 there was a picture of Sunderland Magistrates’ Court from a distance. If the photographer had got a little closer he would have seen that the building is badly vandalised by people scratching their names/initials etc into the walls and front doors.

What type of message does this give to the criminals? It appears to say you can damage the very place you should be punished and get away with it.

Surely any magistrate or officer of the court can see what has happened at the front of the building. Are any of them willing to explain why they have allowed it to happen and did nothing about it? By doing nothing they have encouraged the attending criminals to leave their mark.

Where is the accountability? Has anyone ever been arrested for damage to the court building? There is CCTV at the front of the building? Does anyone monitor these cameras?

Walking past the front of the court building before 10am on weekdays is a nightmare. Perhaps the magistrates should be made to enter via the front door to give a better impression of their customers rather than the sanitised version fronted by a Legal Aid paid-for lawyer?

Crispian Watson

Fight our corner

THE present government of Tory and Lib-Dems seem to be more interested in point-scoring off each other rather than looking after Britain’s interests and the British people.

Ian Duncan Smith has said our immigration system is out of hand, and must work in the interest of Britain, and all parties should realise this.

Our NHS, schools and housing will eventually collapse under the pressure, not to mention the millions paid out in welfare and benefits.

MP Tory Press Secretary George Eustice demanded a referendum, if Brussels persists in wanting more taxes. Why should the British taxpayers pay any more so this unelected European parliament can swan about in a luxury lifestyle?

Hats off to Tory MP Philip Davies for speaking up for Britain. He said it’s quite clear they are living in fantasy land. The sooner we get out of this wretched organisation, the better. They are bleeding us dry.

If only we had more MPs with a bit of backbone to speak up on our behalf against these people.

David Cameron has his work cut out to get his policies put into practice, otherwise it’s goodbye to another term in office.

D. J. Wright, Appley Terrace, Roker

Averse to verse

Amateur poets

Write to the Echo,

Sometimes in blank verse,

Sometimes in rhymes.

As a young student

I studied poetry:

Chaucer and Shakespeare,

Marvell and Milton,

Donne, Pope and Auden,

Eliot and Yeats.

I tried writing poems,

But talent I had none,

My teachers just jeered,

I gave up in despair.

One thing I did learn

Was not to write poems

Until you are sure

You know what you’re doing,

Of one thing I’m certain.

To quote my old Mum:

“Poetry can be

A pain in the ...”

Paul Manning, Norham Court, Washington

Abandoned pets

CAN anyone tell me why certain people get animals then get rid of them?

I am not on about people who are ill and can no longer care for them. I am on about those who get them for whatever reason, then get rid of them for whatever reason.

If there’s a thing that makes my blood boil it’s this couldn’t-care attitude that some humans have in this horrible life.

So you have a problem with shelters having animals that they cannot cope with and having to be put to sleep because of it.

When you have an animal it’s like when you have children – you have to look after them, it’s your responsibility. No one else is there to do it for you. And why should they if you are able to cope?

Times are hard, yes, but it’s like this: if you cannot afford to feed an animal, don’t get one. If you don’t want a mess in you house, don’t get an animal. If you can’t be bothered with an animal, don’t get one.

This problem is just going to get bigger and bigger unless something is done about it.

How can this problem be solved when you have humans that don’t even like other humans, so how can their animals be treat properly? No chance on this earth.

Mrs B. Crute, Cleveland Road, High Barnes, Sunderland

Thanks for help

ON Thursday, June 16, I had a fall outside the Halifax Building Society, which resulted in me having major surgery.

I would like to thank the security staff at the Bridges, and members of the public who offered their help and support. Also a huge thank-you to the two paramedics who attended.

Jean Binyon, Downhill, Sunderland

Wrong priorities

WE all know that the countries of the Middle East and North Africa are undergoing changes. The people there want a government to represent what they want. This aim is enthusiastically supported vocally, financially and militarily by British politicians, which has seen hundreds of our service personnel killed in action.

Why is it when two recent local opinion polls – “Is it time to bring our troops back from Afghanistan?” and “Should business recruit Britons ahead of migrant workers?” – returned a “yes” vote of 94 per cent and 93 per cent, it is ignored?

Most people oppose membership of the European Union, wish the return of capital punishment for the murder of children and police, and want an end to mass immigration to the UK. But the Westminster political establishment is more concerned about foreign governments than the wishes of our own people.

To rub salt into the wound, we have David Frost, director-general of the British Chamber of Commerce, say that a generation of young British people have been “failed” by our schools and that young Brits “are lazy and ill-educated”, while another £38million is sent to Ethiopia.

I also read that the Sunderland-built clipper the City of Adelaide is getting ready to be sent to Australia. It was upsetting that another bit of our heritage is lost but we have the comfort to know it will have more respect in Australia.

No doubt we will be provided with more programmes such as Geordie Shore and lots of cheap supermarket beer to keep us glued to our multi-channel television as our politicians continue to represent themselves and not us.

Surely, in the 21st century, with all its hi-tech gadgetry and know-how, we can put together a system to create a clean, healthy and caring community that contributes to the planet’s prosperity? Or will greed and “one world” daftness win the day? I hope not!

John Richardson, Nelson Street, Hetton

Varied letters

IN reply to James Ridler (Letters, July 2), I must disagree that the Letters Page should be full of serious political letters.

I love the letters that are printed and think that there has to be a variation. My favourite writers are Billy Craggs and, wait for it, Mick “the Pen” Brown. I have known Billy for a number of years and I think it’s very clever of him to write in that style, very unusual.

As for Mick the Pen, he is without doubt the most controversial correspondent in the Echo and I believe he would cause trouble in an empty house. However, I agree with a lot of his sentiments and I do enjoy his articles.

I would like to wish both of these writers well and look forward to more of the same.

K. Leadbitter, Fulwell Road, Sunderland

RE: James Ridler’s Letter (Echo July 2). In his letter he “totally disagrees with any humorous letters”, saying there is too much frivolity on the Letters Page, yet he goes on to say we need personal slanging matches between councillors and critics.

But surely most letters from councillors and critics are laughable things. You would imagine that these political pundits would realise that politics is not an exact science and any argument or debate would be futile.

Keep your letters pouring in, Mr Ridler. They help to stave off the weariness of life.

R. Bonallie, Lee Street, Fulwell