Letters, Monday, January 14, 2013

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Show loyalty to the British people

YOUR recent correspondent, Mrs Cassidy seems to have a seletive memory with regards to the Labour Party.

 The mines were closed by both parties due to age, worked out, no longer financially viable and councils making areas smoke free zones.

 The decline of the shipyards was due to a decline in ship building and contracts being awarded to foreign countries, by both parties. This also included industry contracts given to France by the Labour Party.

 Cheap foreign labour, taxes, exorbitant rates and utility bills, again under both parties, led to the mass defection of industry from this country.

 Under the Tory Party the most damage done was due to the sale of electricity, gas and water to foreign countries, which has, and still is causing hardship to families and damaging businesses. Not to mention the Poll Tax.

 Labour allowed uncontrolled legal and illegal immigration, leading to houses being allocated to foreigners, pushing our own people further down the queue.

 It has also led to pressure on hospitals, police, schools and every other service. Everyone who objected was labelled racist

 All this along with the insane benefits culture has led to the financial crisis.

 Foreign aid seems to be the holy grail for the three main parties. They care little about the British people and their needs with billions going out of Britain every year.

 We cannot be responsible for the ills of the world. We as a people give generously to charities. Morrisons raised £4million last year for Save the Children from its customers.

 Enough is enough. It’s about time politicians showed some loyalty to their own country and people.

Mrs E M Teasdale,

Laurens Court

Stigmatising poor

THE Government’s reprehensible endeavour to stigmatise the poor in order to justify their one per cent benefit rise is repugnant, and typical of Tory spin.

 The Chancellor states his cuts are in support of the strivers, who get up early and go to work. This is just another load of gibberish from incompetent Osborne.

 The fact of the matter is these same workers will be penalised most by these cuts. Many of these strivers who receive tax credits because of low pay will lose money because of the cuts. These cuts will make seven million families, half of the UK’s working households, worse off according to the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

 Instead of demonising benefit claimants Tories should rectify public conception on their cost to the state.

 A recent poll reveals on average people think the unemployed cost 41 per cent of the entire welfare budget, yet the true figure is three per cent. The public think 27 per cent of the welfare budget is claimed fraudulently, the actual figure is 0.7 per cent.

 The Government’s unproductive policies have led to less money going into the treasury coffers and Osborne expects the low paid to make up the difference.

 In comparison he gave millions of pounds in tax cuts to the rich. The wealthiest 1,000 have seen their wealth increase by £155bn since the crisis began – more than enough to pay off the whole deficit in one go.

 Labour left this Government a growing economy. The only growth since then has been unemployment, homelessness, food parcels, rising prices, poverty and misery.

 The Lib Dems have a lot to answer for.

W Quinn,

Duke Street

Same story

A FILM brought out called One Day, based on David Nicholl’s book, is very much like a film called Same Time Next Year. It stars Alan Alda and Ellen Burstyn, adapted from a Broadway play by Bernard Slade. They both sound like exactly the same story.

Mrs Mary Metcalfe,

East Herrington

Keep us on map

WHY have the people of Sunderland been left without a Tourist Information Centre.

 First it was removed from Fawcett Street, then to the library in a sparse little corner – but no more.

 Is Sunderland not important enought to need such an establishment? Has it been located somewhere else in our town?

 Do something now, for us, the people of Sunderland while we are still on the map.

Mrs Taylor,


Such great care

I WOULD like to thank Dr Habib, consultant at the Sunderland Eye Infirmary, for the very successful operation which restored my sight on October 15 and all the very attentive staff who have made my stay and regular appointments very reassuring and happy occasions, especially Nurse Winnie Stephenson who requested a taxi driver to take me to my home.

 So to any would-be patients be assured of such careful and considered attention at all times. I can now look forward to my 90th birthday.Mrs E Parker,

Hylton Road