Letters, Friday, January 31, 2014

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EU is our master – not our ally

MORE than a year ago, I became very concerned that the UK would have a great deal of trouble absorbing the increased number of EU immigrants who were due into this country this month.

 Many people shared my concern. Some, however, spoke in terms of the more the merrier and immigration being an economic benefit, and – with the exception of UKIP – politicians largely ignored the issue.

 Now that everyone has become aware that we are in deep trouble, our Prime Minister is throwing crumbs to his hungry troops by pretending to be tough on immigration. He says they won’t qualify for this or that and we won’t stand for the other, but we are all aware that he has no bite and just one word from his Brussels masters will bring him to heel.

 The problem has been years in the making and successive governments have turned a blind eye to it.

 When freedom of movement became a major plank in EU policy, there were only a handful of nation state members who were more or less culturally and economically compatible, but with 28 member states it is now a very different ball game.

 Along with the Euro, it is yet more proof that one size will never fit all in this ever expanding EU.

 Many still believe the EU to be a trading organisation but make no mistake, it is our master which we cannot sack unless we leave.

 Cameron will continue to deceive the public and manipulate Parliament in favour of the EU because he, like Blair and many other heads of state, cannot resist the aphrodisiac effect of power offered by such an enormous stage.

 Personally, I believe that it would be a huge benefit for all of us if we could find at least one honest MP.

Denis Gillon

Bikers are left to ruin our properties

OVER the past year or so, the people of the Parkside and Princess Road areas of Seaham have had to endure several boneheads on motorbikes and quad bikes churning up gardens, public green areas and football pitches with their antics.

 They have also sprayed people’s properties and cars while doing ‘doughnuts’. I would just like to know how long the police and street wardens are going to allow this antisocial behaviour to continue?

 It is common knowledge who the culprits are and where they live, so why don’t they call round to teach them the error of their ways?

Ralph Arnold,


No one cares about heritage

SO, William Crane (January 23) was complaining that an American university professor, talking on Radio 4 about when Britain was a seafaring nation, never mentioned Sunderland.

 Perhaps, if the ship City of Adelaide had been renovated and put on display on the River Wear, it may have caught her eye and jogged her memory.

 There were no riots on the streets of Sunderland when apathetic Wearsiders allowed an indifferent council to just let their heritage float away, instead of being saved at all costs.

 Did Sunderland’s wonderful football team do anything to help save the ship (cash wise) or Nissan for that matter?

 Why would the rest of the world care about Sunderland’s proud history if Sunderland itself doesn’t?

Mr R Tomlinson,


Cash should be wisely spent

THE Labour council in Sunderland is complaining constantly about budget changes and how it is struggling to cope.

 I was shocked, however, to read that the city council is to spend £50,000 on a birthday celebration for Washington.

 It is astonishing that at a time of austerity, when parents have had to fight to maintain access to a respite centre and volunteer groups are short of funds, our council thinks this is a sensible use of city taxpayers’ money.

 I’m not saying Washington should not have this money but let us have it spent wisely. Use it to protect services and not in such a frivolous manner.

 Do our Labour leaders not understand the need for restraint while they are cutting services and now voting to close the central fire station.

Peter O’Connor

Such a fuss over soap character

WHY do people take the soaps so seriously?

 There I was buying some Daz soap powder in the Cleveland Road Spar shop, when a woman in the queue barged past me.

 She wanted to ask another customer if she was devastated about the demise of Hayley in Coronation Street.

 Then in a instant, two members of the blue rinse brigade got involved in the conversation. One even added that she had a red anorak similar to the one worn by the actress.

 I was not only shocked by this conversation but amazed that people had nothing better to do than watch such triviality.

 I joined in by advising these ladies that there is a much bigger world out there.

 I told them these were only fictional characters and not to take things so seriously.

 I was instantly rebuffed and told to mind my own business.

 Personally I never watch soaps, I prefer the History channel.

 I really think that soaps should be taken off the air.

Mick, The Pen, Brown

Even in death, we are ripped off

TODAY we all battle with everyday prices all the time.

 And now I was surprised to read that the cost of an ordinary funeral has risen sharply.

 A national newspaper stated that the cost can be as much as £7,622, depending on the choice of extras such as cars and coffins and the area where you live.

 Just recently I was shown a bill for a funeral in 1926 which cost £12 6s 4d (12 pounds, six shillings and four pence), inclusive of two cabs.

Mr F Hall,

Plains Farm