Letters, Monday, November 21st, 2011

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Membership has cost us billions

Contrary to a correspondent’s comments referring to my rant about the disadvantages of being a member of the EU, he should do a little more research in support of his contention.

The European Investment Bank is a part of the EU financial services. The EIB is funded by contributions to the EU and private sources.

As for the £189million loaned to Nissan, together with £29.8million from the Government, and as your correspondent informs us, it is a loan to provide machinery and other equipment for the production of electric vehicles.

The net amount of money the UK pays into the EU budget is in contrast to the very little amount we receive in way of our fast diminishing rebate.

The net cost of the EU to Britain is £20billion a year.

However the actual cost, according to research, is £65billion. In simplistic terms more than £1000 each for every man woman and child in this country.

The EU has just completed its new draft budget. It wants an extra 46 billion euros and an end to Britain’s rebate – remember the one Margaret Thatcher got for us?

There is a new levy to be introduced on financial instututions which would affect the City of London more that any other financial centres in the EU.

‘Open Europe’ research finds that EU regulation has cost the UK economy £124billion since 1998.

One wonders what could we have acheived in Britain had we not had to pay £124billion since 1998

Councillor George Howe. Fulwell

Forgettable event

REGARDING the Remembrance Service at Seaham Cenotaph in North Road on November 13: Oh dear, what went wrong?

I go there every year and I am proud to go to remember the fallen in all conflicts and meet friends. It is getting bigger every year.

This year the parade marched far too early. We all congregated about 15 minutes before the two minutes silence. Next we had no loud speaker, the result was people could not hear.

Those poor cadets. Their voices are very quiet and with no sound equipment, it was very hard to hear.

I feel I have to write this letter as it was very bad the way it was handled. In future please have it the way it should be. Once a year that isn’t too much to ask is it?

Paul Garrett, Melrose Crescent, Seaham

Gravely concerned

THERE are notices on the gates of Mere Knolls cemetery in Fulwell stating that dogs must be kept on the lead and that owners must clean up any excrement passed by their dogs. Failure to comply with this ruling could mean a fine of £500 to a £1,000.

There are many decent people who obey these rules, but there are many people who don’t. This I have found to my cost.

In the past 23 years I’ve been tending my wife’s grave, I’ve had to remove dog’s excrement on countless occasions.

Recently I’ve been using a dog repellent which does work, but is quite expensive over a period of time.

Gravely Concerned. Sunderland (Name and address supplied)

People’s players

It was sad to read of the recent death of another old Sunderland footballer, John Parke, who played for the Club for four years from 1964.

When I was youngster I lived near a street, off Tunstall Road, that had a variety of Sunderland players occupying what were then, presumably, club houses.

This included John Parke, along with his Irish international colleague Martin Harvey and Sandy McLaughlan, the Scottish goalkeeper from Kilmarnock.

Other occupants at different stages from this era were Brian Heslop, Brian Usher and Bruce Stuckey.

About half a mile away were Charlie Hurley and Brian Clough.

Exciting times and happy days, when footballers had three-bedroomed semis and lived amongst the fans.

All were very approachable when you asked for their autographs, but of those listed, Martin Harvey was my favourite.

A really pleasant person who went out of his way to be friendly.

Michael Dixon. Sunderland

Fuel tax fury

ONCE again the price of petrol is in the headlines with many people urging the Chancellor to withhold the proposed rise in fuel duty.

Let’s get this clear: fuel duty goes direct to the Treasury and helps with education, health etc

Any duty not collected affects you and me.

The real culprits are the oil companies who raise prices willy-nilly while announcing record profits of billions.

This money goes into private hands. Let’s campaign again the oil companies and their obscene profits.

Derek Robe, Royal Courts, Sunderland