Letters, Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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A good deed cost my son dearly

AFTER being out for a few hours on Saturday night, my son said he would pick me and my friend up to save on taxi fare.

 He is a mechanic and being young has done up his car.

 As we were driving down North Bridge Street, within the speed limit, we noticed a police car behind and then one appeared in front. They slowed down to let us pass then popped on their blue lights.

 The two officers then asked my son why he was using his fog lights and proceeded to feel his tyres and look under the car.

 He had done nothing wrong apart from leaving his fog lights on. They said this was a serious offence.

 My son has never had a speeding ticket, never had any other offences, doesn’t go out drinking and keeps himself to himself.

 They gave him a £30 fine on the spot. I would have thought, with this being his first offence, it would have warranted a caution.

 For the sake of doing a good deed this has cost him more than my taxi fare.

 They must have had a slow night so decided to pull someone for the sake of it.

 Aren’t there enough hooligans, louts and drunks around at the weekend? Why choose to pick on someone minding his own business? No wonder police have a bad name.

Very disgusted taxpayer

Reducing deficit

IT is despite George Osborne that the UK has lost its triple AAA credit rating (Les Scott, the Echo, March 2).

 Had Ed Balls been Chancellor the rating would have gone long ago.

 Readers may wonder what relevance the country’s credit rating has to their daily lives. Generally, the better the rating, the lower the interest rate and so the cheaper it is to borrow.

 The essential message of the change in credit rating is that more needs to be done to eliminate the huge deficit left by the last (Labour) government.

 Progress has been made.With a combination of spending cuts and tax rises, the Coalition Government – so far – has reduced the deficit by one-quarter.

  Of course, economic growth would help, bringing in more tax revenue automatically for government. But growth is currently low in all European economies, aggravated by the problems of the Eurozone.

 Yes, national debt has risen. As long as there is a deficit, national debt will continue to rise – any deficit, however small, will add to total debt. That is the reason for wanting to eliminate the deficit sooner rather than later.

 Labour’s policy is to borrow even more. Seeking to overcome the deficit (and reduce debt in the long term) by borrowing more is nonsense. It is the economics of the madhouse.

Peter Wood BA (Econ)

Shameful treatment

GREAT to read Ged Mcnamee telling us how great Sunderland’s academy is at dealing with any of the young footballers caught in the world of drugs.

 As he says, young footballers are just the same as any young boys open to the same urges and desires.

 He goes on to say how they are going to help and support the young footballer and his family throughout his rehabilitation.

 The hypocrisy is amazing. Ged forgot to mention the club sacked the young boy.

 The young boy obviously wasn’t a future Lionel Messi, because if he was, the club would have bent over backwards to help.

 Shame on you.

Ged Taylor,

Barnes

Slow on the road

I THINK it was me Mick Brown was referring to when he wrote about pensioner’s driving.

 I had to overtake him. He was driving so slowly, I thought he had stopped.

Pensioner,

81 years young