Letters, Friday, October 11, 2013

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Economy growth is to be applauded

WHEN Terrence Docherty recently responded to my letter concerning the mismanagement of the economy, he stated: “You can smell the panic on the left with the great news on the economic recovery.”

 After what the population has gone through, to suggest that someone is concerned because the economy is growing is, to me, quite ridiculous.

 I can assure Mr Docherty there is no panic from me, indeed, quite the opposite, and I hope all sections of the political spectrum gave a hearty three cheers at the news.

 That’s why I never criticised the very small growth increase of 0.9 per cent.

 I was merely pointing out it was nowhere near the figure left by Labour when the Tories gained power.

 Nevertheless, the Tories in Government are in the right place to benefit from any further growth in the economy.

 However, Mr Docherty should bear in mind that economic growth alone does not win elections.

 There are other things involved, including political policies and there’s now a consensus among the public that the Conservative policies are without compassion.

 They are all pain and no gain – unless you are rich.

 Take the bedroom tax for instance, this tax must be the most inhuman and unjustifiable policy inflicted by a British Government on its own people since time began.

 Voters can see the queues at the food kitchens and the increase in child poverty. They see the man who is causing all this misery, George Osbourne, fighting to save the bonuses of rich bankers while Ed Milliband takes on the energy companies trying to win a fair deal for industry and Mr and Mrs Ordinary.

 Roll on the election.

W Quinn

Stop green myth

I AGREE wholeheartedly with Denis Gillon’s comments (October 2) regarding relief from energy prices being achieved by abolishing green taxes.

 Global Warming is a political myth. It started in the Thatcher era and has been perpetuated by successive governments worldwide ever since, to the extent that it is now a global, unstoppable industry, employing hundreds of thousand of people.

 Money could be put back into the local economy via people’s pockets at a stroke by Sunderland City Council.

 The council could axe hundreds of thousands, if not millions of pounds, of taxpayers’ money currently being spent on this myth with its Economic Masterplan (EMP) vision and ‘establishing Sunderland in partnership with EU cities in pledging to reduce carbon emissions by 20 per cent by 2020’.

 Not convinced? See The Great Global Warming Swindle on YouTube as well as Nigel Farage.

 Of course, Mackems and Geordies can see Nigel in the flesh next month (Saturday, November 16) at UKIP’s first North East Conference at the Park Hotel, Tynemouth, along with other MEPs speaking on a wide range of policies from our fishing industry to energy and immigration.

Kay Rowham,

Easington Lane

Put city in order

BEFORE the local dinosaurs start blaming Mrs Thatcher for the state of our city, I think it is time for the council to put its own house in order.

 We have one person in the Civic Centre on more money than the Prime Minister, and six or seven others on more than £100,000 a year. We also have one of the worst records in the country for days off sick.

 Before any cuts are implemented, the council should look within the Civic Centre – not the bottom of the ladder, but with the overpaid management.

 What have these people done for the city?

 Well, let me see – they spent £3.6million on the iconic bridge, they placed two very large litter bins outside of the Stadium of Light, the aquatic centre has no parking, the oil drums in the river, and the glittering gates for the pier and the lollipops without sticks on the Roker Prom and one of the worst one- way systems in the country.

 I do not think we are getting value for our money from the so-called brains at the top management table.

 So start your cuts at the top and save the city a lot of money.

 Did anyone else see the photo of Mr Blair’s house when his son got married? The grounds would have covered half the city and now he has hired a £30million private jet so he does not have to travel with the riff raff – not bad for a socialist.

 So, rememember where to start the cuts, because we will when the next elections come round.

G Liddle,


It’s a cut too far

AT a time when unemployment rates among young people in Sunderland remain high, how can the council justify slashing the opening hours of the Connexions Service (formerly the Careers Service) by more than half?

 Surely, our young people and their families deserve more support in finding work and accessing face-to-face interviews with professional advisers?

 If you live in Sunderland you can now call into the Connexions Centre afternoons only.

If you live in Washington it’s three afternoons a week and if you live in Houghton a paltry two afternoons a week.

 What sort of service is that?

 The changes don’t appear to have been publicised, apart from a note on the Connexions’ website.

 Surely this is a cut too far? What do other readers think?

C Wilkinson,


Change for worse

I ACCEPT that some changes are meant to be, but to me this change is for the worse.

 In the past a well-known magazine shop in Sunderland used to sell audio CDs/tapes such as The Navy Lark, but they have now stopped selling CDs.

 Another well-known shop in The Bridges, a book shop that has been going for years, also used to sell CDs, but now has very little in stock. In fact, I think, it may not stock any more audio CDs.

 In the past shops used to have in stock lots of comedy and drama CDs. In fact, they used to have a thick catalogue of CDs and tapes, but now they only have little booklets a few pages long.

 I sometimes order my CDs through the post from the BBC, such as the Navy Lark. I hope the BBC will bring back these CDs.

 If the book shops in Sunderland are not going to stock them any more, where else will I be able to buy what I like to listen to.

 Some changes are definitely for the worse.

Edwin Robinson

Great support

I WOULD like to thank the kind, generous and thoughtful people who sponsored John and I for the 2013 BUPA Great North Run.

 Although the weather was far from ideal our spirits and enjoyment of the event were not affected. We had a great day.

 Running on behalf of the Alzheimer’s Society, we were able to raise a total of £410, which has been passed over to that organisation.

 In particular I would like to thank all the generous members of the Red House Community Association (dance section), who dug deep to swell the funds.

 Thanks to all.

Irene Maven and John Fraser