Letters, Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

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Generalisations, but no susbstance

MICHAEL Dixon (Letters, June 18) in reply to my previous letter (where I totally destroyed Michael’s comments on overseas aid) said: “Such is the style of W. Quinn, with his generalisation and assumption, that it is totally pointless to try and pursue an intelligent exchange.”

I’m sure at the time those words would have eased his wounded pride. Michael, however, should have stopped to consider that any Tory could make that accusation, and how inane his statement would look without any substance. This is what makes Mr Dixon’s derisive words so pathetic – he forgot to substantiate any of them.

Michael was scraping the bottom when he implausibly endeavoured to transform my facts into generalisations and assumptions. For example, the fundamental point I made. In 2010 Osborne cut domestic spending to the bone, while simultaneously increasing overseas aid by 37 per cent, which meant it will grow from £6.3billion to £9.4billion by 2014.

I questioned the wisdom of the increase when our own population are experiencing the deepest cuts in history, and millions of British children are being dragged into poverty by Mr Dixon’s regressive government. Those are the facts, Mr Dixon, and generalisations and assumptions are when you fantasised about Labour party meetings, me attending meetings, Chris Mullin and all that jazz.

Instead of generalising Mr Dixon should use any intelligence he might have to discuss the matter with Tory MP Philip Davies who states: “If there isn’t enough money for domestic priorities then there isn’t enough money to spend abroad.” Another said an increase in spending beggared belief at a time when police, armed forces and universities were being cut back.

I repeat what I said in my last letter on the subject. I wholeheartedly support taxpayers’ money going abroad to fund good causes when we can afford it.

W. Quinn, Duke Street, Sunderland

Royal connection

I HAD a good laugh at Mr Whipple’s claim that he is the real heir to the throne. Am I right in thinking his psychiatrist is the same Dr Fassbender who was played by the late, great Peter Sellers in the film “What’s New Pussycat?”

His letter reminded me of the sad story of Annie Crook. She was a working-class shop girl who became pregnant by Prince Eddy, Queen Victoria’s grandson. He decided to do the honourable thing and marry her, forgetting the Royal Marriages Act, which made their marriage null and void anyway. He died young, but poor Annie spent the rest of her days in and out of mental hospitals, where she told everyone she was Prince Eddy’s wife. Imagine their reaction to that.

Prince Eddy was the brother of King George V, which makes him our Queen’s great-uncle.

Paul Manning, Norham Court, Washington

Praise for clean-up

I TRAVELLED by car to Sunderland and back to Washington the Sunday after the Olympic Torch arrived in Sunderland.

I travelled from Shiney Row to Sunderland, on the same roads the torch had taken, and I fully expected to see several tons of rubbish left by the thousands of spectators who had lined the streets the day before, which was a great day to remember (Saturday, June 16).

I could not believe there was hardly a piece of rubbish to be found on either side of the entire road. A lonely broken Union Jack and one bag of rubbish on the highway itself obviously would have been left by a fly-tipping low-life during the night.

The council deserves great praise for making a first-class job of cleaning up the area and making our region a place to be proud to live in. If ever there was a Sunday in Sunderland I was proud to be a Sunderlandite, this was the day.

Jimmy Chambers, Durham Avenue, Donwell

Metro access

DEREK Robe used these pages (Letters, June 19) to ask why there is not a more direct walking route from Stadium of Light Metro station towards Wheatsheaf.

The fact such a route could be created is made more obvious by the recent demolition of the bowling alley that until recently stood between the two.

Mr Robe will hopefully be pleased to know that Nexus, which owns and manages Metro, has stayed in close touch with the plans drawn up for the Tesco superstore to be built on the site. We’re happy to say these plans include the installation of a new ramp out of the station and much more direct walking route towards Wheatsheaf.

Our modernisation of Metro includes investment right across Tyne and Wear, including the recent upgrade of Sunderland station’s platforms and the new ticket machines now being installed at stations in the city.

Huw Lewis, Head of Communications, Nexus