Letters, Saturday, September 21, 2013

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Economy claims are an insult

WHO does George Osborne think he’s kidding when he says the economy is permanently on the mend?

 The current state of affairs on the home front dispels this audacious boast.

 When Labour lost power, they left a growing economy – Osborne’s policy placed it into recession.

 The latest figures show the economy grew by 0.9 per cent, which is nowhere near the figure he inherited from Labour.

 The Chancellor said the sign of his success would be for him to retain the Triple A rating from our lenders. He lost it.

 He justified the harsh treatment of the vulnerable by saying it was necessary to help reduce the deficit.

 This turned out to be another Osborne failure because the national debt has actually increased. It was £846billion when Mr Osborne took over. It now stands at a massive £1.2trillion – and he plans to borrow more.

 Employment has risen moderately which is good news.

 Unfortunately a growing number are in part-time work and are crying out for a full-time job.

 Mr Osborne stated his plans for the economy would improve living standards.

 There’s no doubt that promise has been kept for the rich, but ordinary families have been let down.

 The number living in poverty increased by a million. Thousands are now reliant on food banks. Five million families are on the housing waiting list. Families are having to struggle daily with bedroom tax, rising food prices, transport and fuel bills, at a time when inflation is overtaking wages and benefits.

 For the Chancellor to announce the economy has turned a corner, under these circumstances, is an insult to the public’s intelligence.

W Quinn

Don’t suffer alone

AT this time of year many young people will be learning to cope with living away from home for the first time.

 This exciting, yet challenging time, is made all the more difficult for those new students among the estimated 250,000 people in the UK with the debilitating and often devastating neurological illness, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

 Action for ME is the leading UK charity for people affected by this and our online Student Hub offers support, advice and information to new and returning students and young people hoping to start courses next year.

 Topics include symptoms and study, living away from home, possible additional financial support, avoiding isolation and networking with other people with ME.

 Visit www.actionforme.org.uk/student-hub for more information.

Sonya Chowdhury,

Chief ExecutiveAction for ME

Search goes on

I AM grateful to Joanne Rodgers, of Carley Hill, for her response regards my quest for orange thins biscuits, which incidentally means twice baked (biscuit that is).

 The question of ‘what does the word biscuit mean?’ has never cropped up in any quiz I have attended, but that is by the by.

 As I had already searched for orange thins on the net, with total disappointment, I checked out the two websites that Joanne kindly sought out.

 Although, technically they are orange thins, as you can tell by the name on the packet, they are not the orange thins I remember as the name of these biscuits is preceded by the word(s) (as I’m not sure the symbol for ampersand is a word) ‘chocolate &’.

 Nevertheless, I am sure that the Swedish lady, Anna, has baked a truly memorable biscuit and I may even try them in the near future – should the GPO ever stop surcharging for postal orders for use in payment.

 Once again, thank you Joanne and I shall wave a thank you from the old charabanc as I pass your house on the way to my aunt and uncle’s domicile at Witherwack.

Alan ‘The Quill’ Vincent,

Old Penshaw