Letters, Monday, July 20, 2015

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The letter by Craig Robinson on July 7 was so nice it cheered me up no end.

He was obviously reading his Daily Mail through his blue-tinted glasses when he was composing his letter.

 First, the issue over Northen Ireland has not been put to bed. Thatcher seemed to go out of her way to keep the conflict going with a lot of innocent people losing their lives in the process.

 It was the Labour Party and Mo Mowlam who helped the peace process begin.

 The democratically elected republicans always said the ultimate aim was for a United Ireland, but in a more peaceful and democratic way.

 That doesn’t mean all republicans feel the same way, and if you check the recent news you can see the conflict still goes on.

 Second, the issue over the hatred the majority of people still have towards Thatcher.  

 It’s not just the people of the North East who hate Thatcher, the hatred towards her is spread all over the world.

 Her support for General Pinochet, whose army

overthrew a democratically elected government in Chile, didn’t go down to well.

 Also, calling one of the greatest men of our generation, Nelson Mandela, a terrorist and her support for the apartheid in South Africa, again didn’t go down well.  

 Also, the war she could have prevented in the Falklands costing over a thousand lives never went down too well with the majority around the world.

 Thatcher’s supporters called her a strong leader, but I’m afraid her support for dictatorships around the world and her blinkered hatred towards the unions and decent hard working people is not a strength, but showed she was lacking in empathy, and understanding. She also possessed ignorance by the bucket load.

Ged Taylor,

Barnes.

No to longer Sunday hours

Regarding prolonging Sunday trading hours, this will close down more small shops and put many shop owners and their staff on benefits.

 This is a C of E country – religious or not, we kow-tow to other religions.

 What about shop workers and cleaners who now have a break on Sunday? This will further damage family life.

 Supermarkets want this – remember the public only have the same money to spend. The small convenience shops will lose out.

 The government is wrong to give the decision to councils, the government must make the decision so all areas will be the same.

 Political parties have all agreed that 24-hour pubs was a wrong decision. This is exactly in the same category.

Marjorie Matthews,

Sunderland.