Letters, Monday, February 6th, 2012

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Greens’ misguided alternative

ACCORDING to Emily Blythe (Echo, January 18) the Green Party is committed to create a practical alternative to what we have now. Well, history is cluttered with such self-deluded groups like the Green Party.

Emily claims they support Co-ops. Well, decades ago, just a few yards north and west of the still profit-making firms of Tesco and Marks & Spencer in Sunderland, there used to be a Co-op. There was a Co-op in Gateshead too and just a few weeks ago the Co-op closed down in Seaham. Perhaps the Green Party can explain why these Co-ops have closed down yet the profit-making firms are still open for business.

Emily also writes of the need to protect future generations. Well, one of the fundamental facts of life is there are limits to how many people the country in general, and England in particular, can support.

Migration is something that has happened since life began on Earth, but the natural pattern of migration has always been from places of high concentrations of population towards less crowded places, but the migration to England is the reverse.

Emily ends her letter by saying it’s funny how the Government can’t find the money for the poor, but it’s the English poor who are the ones who suffer from the Government’s spending on non-English people.

The Green Party should understand what it costs to subsidise non-English people. Every billion spent on others can only be so spent by depriving one million of the poorest English people of an extra £1,000 a year.

If it costs £4billion to subsidise Brussels that is like robbing four million poor English of an extra £1,000 a year. It costs about £10billion to subsidise the rest of the UK, so Brussels and the rest of Britain is costing 14million of the poorest English an extra £1,000 a year.

J. Young, Alexander Terrace, Sunderland

Tory views

WELL, here we go again, Councillor Alan Wright spouting the same tripe – Tories this, Tories that, his beloved Tories. Cambo blows £8million on the meaning of life, Huhne blows £72,000 of taxpayers’ money, Cable blocks tax cuts for firms, we lose a £13billion contract to the French and then Big Dave in November was a hero for vetoing the new EU agreement.

Everyone cheered, but he turned out not to be a Churchill, more like Champion the Wonder Horse as he now decides the deal is okay. Cambo has to keep the Coalition sweet. When it comes to the crunch he has no backbone. Where are his big election promises?

And in response to Councillor Wright’s dig at Yvette Cooper for next leader, he may recall his Tory colleagues picking Thatcher when Heath was ousted. Give the filly a run, they said, and God where did that get us? Broken Britain – closed pits, closed shipyards, privatisation, fishing rights to the Spanish.

Like Bob Price stated, take your Tory blue glasses off. And one final point: if this Labour council is no good, as he states, what would he do for Sunderland to make it better?

Kevin Stoker, Waterford Green, Pennywell

Research offer

WHILE researching family history I fell into the trap of going down a “wrong line”, so the following is of no use in my own research now.

If anyone is searching for the following family in their family history research, please contact me as I have quite a lot of parish register/census evidence/information which I can pass on.

John Stewart (Boldon 1823-Southwick 1883), son of William Stewart, married Margaret Wilson in 1847. Margaret Wilson (Monkwearmouth 1827-Southwick 1901), daughter of Joseph Wilson. William Stewart (Boldon 1797-Monkwearmouth 1866), son of John Stewart, married Ann (unknown) about 1821. She died in 1849.

Joseph Wilson (Jarrow 1800-Southwick 1865), son of Ralph Wilson, married Jane Brown in 1822. She died in 1871.

John Stewart, married Margaret Wilkinson at St Nicholas’ Church, Boldon, in 1783.

Ralph Wilson, married Margaret Bolam at St Mary’s Church, Gateshead, in 1797.

Jan Lawson, Tel. 4159 404, Email: jan_lawson@btinternet.com

Animal rights

IT is becoming more accepted that animals experience many of the same emotions and sensations as humans do, such as fear, contentment, anger, happiness, sadness and physical pain.

Obviously animals do not need exactly the same rights as humans, but the right to a life free from suffering and exploitation is as important to them as it is to us. A good place to start would be to stop intensively farming and slaughtering them for food, and to stop conducting cruel and unreliable experiments on them.

Find out more at www.animalaid.org.uk

Ashley Owen, Animal Aid, Kent