Letters, Friday, March 27, 2015

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Time for the Tory and Labour panto

IT is the time when the Daily Mail sings the praises of Cameron and Osborne and the BBC has love-ins with Miliband and Ball. That is the Ball of “get a receipt from your window cleaner” fame.

 It’s like the panto season; Osborne: “I have halved the deficit.”Audience: “Oh no you haven’t.” Osborne: “Well it’s not as bad as it was.” Cameron: “I’ll get a better deal from the EU.” Audience: “Pull the other one it’s got bells on.” Cameron: “Well what I mean is I’ll get a better deal for me.” Audience: “We know what you mean.”

 By now their show should playing to an empty house, yet in May many of us will trot over to the polling station and vote for one of two groups of the most disingenuous, incompetent, self-seeking parties ever assembled under the pretext of public service.

 Every five years, as if in a media induced trance we sleep walk into the booth to determine, upon which one of these two tried and tested failures, we will bestow the fruits of high office.

 Personally, I am sick of the ridiculous charade. In their attempts to seem to be all things to all men they become no good to anyone. If they had any ideals you would not be able get a cigarette paper between them, so they employ personal image consultants in a vain attempt to pull the wool over our eyes.

 The establishment has a strange and unhealthy relationship with the press and media, which inhibits the growth of small parties, and the established parties have a system which discourages independents.

 Note how the media have strangled the smaller parties, Green and UKIP, by denying them space and positive publicity. We must try to reduce the power of the major parties.

 Imagine the havoc we could cause if we turned out in numbers to support, say UKIP.

 It would send the message to the major parties that they must toe the line, stick to manifesto pledges and clean up their act on pain of losing their seats.

 Surely, we do not intend to vote Labour or Tory for the next 70years.

Dennis Gillon

It’s the ordinary folk left to suffer

WHEN referring to Labour in his recent letter (February 6) Coun Michael Dixon states the following:

 “I have never understood why Labour positioned itself as the champions of families that receive benefits in excess (26K), when you consider the struggle that many working people and pensioners face in their daily lives, as the country gradually recovers from the international recession and the economic mismanagement of the previous Labour Government.”

 Surely, you’ve just admitted that under the auspices of “your” administration, working people/pensioners, never mind those on benefits, face a “struggle in their daily lives”.

 Are you not “ashamed” to admit this?

 I know you and your colleagues will once again blame the previous administration but in case you were not aware, you’ve been in the “big house” for nearly five years and quite frankly, your pledge to get rid of the so-called deficit within this Parliament has proved to be “lies”.

 Nor can you continue to blame the previous administration for what you, yourself, in your epistle stated was an, “international recession”. Unless you are claiming that your predecessors had control over this international debacle?

 Why not admit the cause, a cause the Chancellor used to obviate the necessity of admitting failure in his failure to get rid of the deficit, in the time frame he claimed, the self-same, world economic travails?

 But no, you just go on with your attempts at making cheap and false political capital.

 Banks share and shared much of the blame for blindly believing the good times would last forever.

 They were criminally culpable for much of what has happened since 2008. As are those who failed to enhance financial strictures and safeguards, and lest we forget, even in opposition, the ConDems were quite happy to go along with this state of affairs.

 Finally, it is “we”, the ordinary folk who have suffered and continue to suffer, for this ineptitude.

 Bankers’ bonuses are still sky high and the wealthy, since 2008 have more than doubled their wealth.

 So much for the enormous lie “we are all in it together”.

 You lot all do your business in the same pot, and gorge at the same trough.

Steve Colborn,

PPC Easington,

The Socialist Party.

Seaham

We must vote to protect Britain

I AM delighted at the thought of Labour and the Conservative Party getting a battering at the next election because they are not listening to us, the working class people.

 We have had a succession of weak governments who have not acted in the best interests of the British people.

 Without even asking us first they surrendered too many of our rights to the EU.

 Working together with fellow European countries whenever possible is a good idea, but this current format is not the right way forward.

 Do you really think the EU will treat us better than we would treat ourselves?

 In the television debate between Nick Clegg and Nigel Farage they could not agree between them whether 70-plus or 80-plus of our laws/rules were made by the EU.

 Britain is the fourth biggest contributor to the EU, having more than £12.80bn, but is last but one getting just £4.73bn back from the EU.

 Just imagine what an intelligent responsible government could create in Britain with this extra money.

 Survey after survey shows the British people want an in/out referendum on the EU as soon as possible. We must vote to protect Britain before it is too late.

Angry Alan,

Red House

Battle was best show in town

THIS was the funniest show in town.

 Labour chasing their own tails, campaigning against a Labour decision to close the central fire station.

 This could only happen in Sunderland.

 Hilarious!

 All this effort in a wholly transparent political stunt could have been saved.

 Labour Councillors could have supported the Conservatives when they voted against Labour’s motion to close the fire station. However, Labour was too busy playing politics with people’s lives.

Harry Todd

Hospital staff so compassionate

DOROTHY, Elaine and Linda, daughters of the late William Naisbitt (Bill) who passed away in Sunderland Royal Hospital recently, would like to offer our thanks to the staff of Ward D46 for the great care and compassion shown to our dad.

 To all the nursing staff, tea ladies and especially to Dr Iain Moore, consultant, who were outstanding in their support to us.

 Our dad was a great dad, and we will miss him forever, but find great comfort in knowing he had comfort and great care in his final days.

Dorothy McQuillan, Elaine Holcroft and Linda Welch

Times are hard

I FEEL I must highlight the result of the game with West Brom.

 Gus Poyet is having a hard time as it is, but I feel that was rubbing salt into the wounds in the game on Saturday. Referees under scrutiny again. Mike Jones cost us three points which could be costly at the end of the season. Adam Johnson’s goal scrutinised on Match of the Day showed that was a perfectly good goal.

 Times are hard.

John Hall,

West Stand, season ticket holder

Christine a big miss

I WOULD like to record my heartfelt sadness at the death of Southwick Councillor Christine Shattock.

 She will be missed by many people, not least her Southwick colleagues – great ladies one and all.

Sheila Ellis,

Houghton