Letters, Wednesday, December 31, 2014

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Apologists are just polictical pawns

I COULD sense Henry Whipple’s frustration in his letter on December 22.

 Dave Whelan, the Wigan football club owner, tried to say everyone has used racial or derogatory language concerning the Jewish and Chinese communities.

 Well, they don’t in the circles I mix, even if they do in his circles.

 This man is a Tory donor, who also advertised for an internship at his Wigan football club but with no salary. I believe that pretty much sums up him and his circle of friends.

 All these working class right wing apologists, who condemn any compassion for the less well off are, I’m afraid, pawns used by the upper classes.

 Aspiration, I’m afraid, doesn’t mean reading the Daily Mail, or the Daily Express. We’ve all come across these types of people, who think they understand the rhetoric and do not belong to the class of people who are condemned in these newspapers. They convince themselves they are middle class and vote Conservative.

 You’ve got to admire the Tory press machine. It must be laughing its socks off as it convinces another working person they are to blame for a crisis which was created by millionaire bankers.

 As much as these people aspire to be accepted by the likes of David Cameron and George Osborne, they have and are sadly used to keep this Government’s ideological programme on track.

Ged Taylor,

Barnes

Employers should take on trainees

HENRY Whipple (December 22), is only half right when he blames large companies for recruiting foreign staff, rather than local workers.

 The unions are, in my opinion, equally, if not more guilty.

 Decades of closed shops, restrictive practices and petty disputes, led to Britain being seen as “the sick man of Europe”.

 Employers began taking on foreign staff, as they were seen by some as more reliable, better trained, less likely to strike, and by many more, as a far cheaper option.

 Nowadays, unions seem more interested in politics and keeping membership levels high, rather than protecting British jobs?

 Of course, there is a simple solution. Employers should be made to take on a British apprentice or trainee for every foreign worker they employ.

 Thus, new and existing skills would be learned or retained, ready to be passed on to future generations.

 While it would be expensive in the short term, surely, it would be preferable to the present situation, where many of our young people have next to no chance of ever gaining meaningful employment?

M Brown

Unbelievable rise

HAVING been in the taxi trade for a number of years, I find it unbelievable that there is to be another tariff increase.

 Why make the trade even harder. There are few reasons to come into the city to start with – run down pubs, kids wanting to fight and expensive taxis.

 This all needs to stop.

D Swann