Letters, Friday, August 7, 2015

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Lighting up for polio

As CEO of The British Polio Fellowship, I’m delighted to announce our latest project to raise awareness of the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS).

 We’ll be projecting the colours of British Polio’s PPS Day emblem onto high-profile landmark buildings across the UK; and we’re extremely pleased to confirm the first landmark building as the Gateshead Millennium Bridge!

 Showing the well-known landmarks in a different light will allow us to draw attention to the issues that surround those living with the late effects of Polio and PPS, estimated to affect about 120,000 people in the UK.

 We’re putting a call out to the authorities of landmark buildings throughout Britain to get involved.

 There will be no cost; all we need is permission to project onto the building and your venue will not only be part of something extra special, you should receive a great deal of publicity for your building, too.

 It’s the perfect opportunity to be part of an exciting project that is sure to capture the nation’s attention, while showing support for British Polio members.

 We’re urging anyone responsible for landmark buildings to get involved!

 I’m really looking forward to seeing our colours on some of the country’s most iconic examples of architecture.  

 Please call Fatema at British Polio Fellowship on 0800 043 1935 for more information.

Ted Hill MBE,

CEO, The British Polio


Facts needed in EU debate

If you are going to report 160,000 job losses as a ‘myth’, Councillor George Howe (July 31), then back up your claim with un-sourced and unnamed Daily Telegraph journalist claiming it is ‘pulled out of thin air’, then I think it is a case of people in glasshouses should not throw stones!

 In the rest of your letter you claim that: The myth that Britain would be excluded from trading with the EU by trade barriers – again no evidence. The UK would not be excluded but, even under WTO rules the EU would impose import tariffs on some goods, importantly for the North East a 10% tariff on car imports – source: www.cer.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/attachments/pdf/2015/pw_disunited_js_april15-11076.pdf

 “It is forecast that the EU’s growth in the world will fall by 15% by 2020”. Which part of the ‘thin air’ did you pluck this fact from?

 Here are the OECD’s predictions for global growth: Potential GDP growth by 2020: US 2.1%; Japan 0.8%; ;Euro area 1.3% China 6.8%; India 6.9% – source: www.oecd.org/berlin/50405107.pdf

 If you are going to write a letter claiming to be ‘..examples of myths being broadcast by Europhiles..’ then I suggest you yourself actually source your Eurosceptic facts.

Phill White