Letters, Monday, April 22, 2013

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Thatcher took her revenge on miners

M METCALFE (Echo letters, Monday, April 15) must have had Tory blinkers on for the last 29 years.

 To say Thatcher didn’t close the pits is stupidity beyond belief. Yes, Arthur Scargill did make a mistake in not giving the miners a free vote, but even if he had, certain areas in this country had already taken “Queen Maggie’s” silver shilling in way of grossly enhanced production payments to keep working.

 They hid behind the “no vote” banner while picking up huge pay packets and seeing their colleagues struggle to save all of the miners’ jobs, including theirs.

 Thatcher closed the pits in revenge for the Tory defeats at the hands of the miners in previous campaigns and to destroy one of the last big unions, paving the way for privatising industries and making money for her friends.  

 The Tories and Thatcher won the argument and did what she set out to do all along – close the pits and destroy the miners.

 Does anyone really believe that if the miners had been given a vote, things would have been different?

J Murch,


Time to crack down on dirty fly tippers

YOUR recent article by Fiona Thompson, Down in the dumps, thanks to fly tippers (Saturday, April 13), is a subject which is a very serious problem.

 Such acts create a hazard to health and cost a lot of expense and trouble to remove.

 This foul practice is on the increase and until someone is dealt with severely, the fly tipping will get worse.

 The photo in the article of dumped rubbish resembles an exhibit in the Tate Gallery’s Turner Prize – a pile of bricks and an unmade bed with fag-ends and dirty pants. I always think; just what is the world coming to? Perhaps people have too many possessions in this age we exist in, and all the pretty scenes the world once enjoyed have replaced by the rubbish of messy possessiveness. I guess people have now become a bunch of disillusioned idealists.

Jim Chambers,


Drivers need to think a bit more

HAS anyone else noticed the number of drivers coming up High Street in Sunderland – past the Travelodge and bowling alley – who, after dropping-off or picking-up then do a three-point turn and drive against the one-way traffic, risking an accident? I’ve also noticed cars, taxis, delivery vehicles and a police car (going to pick up his lunch order)turning from either side of High Street into John Street (buses only) when the signs clearly say this is an illegal turn.

 Twice I’ve been crossing John Street and been confronted by a car from High Street.

 I’ve spoken to both the police and council regarding this but it still goes on. Perhaps clearer, bigger signs saying you are entering a one-way system and more policing of the area to enforce the law might stamp it out. Drivers, pay attention before someone gets injured.

I Hardie,