Letters, Monday, November 28th, 2011

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Education but no common sense

EXPENSIVE private education is wasted on those who lack common sense, and this appears to be a problem for David Cameron and his band of millionaire ministers.

For example, you don’t need all that much common sense to understand there won’t be any economic recovery unless the economy starts to grow. Yet Cameron and Osborne are going in the opposite direction and feeding the flames of failure by slashing jobs and increasing VAT.

In consequence, unemployment has risen to 2.62million and over a million youths have been tossed on the dole. Wasted lives with no hope all because the Tories haven’t got the common sense to reverse their disastrous policy that is driving the nation over a cliff.

They should have sent for the men in white coats when Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin publicly displayed his lack of common sense by going walkabout in St James’s Park, London, dumping confidential government mail in public waste bins.

Even more dimmer than Oliver was the then Defence Secretary, Liam Fox. He resigned over his contact with close friend and best man Adam Werritty when it was feared there could have been a breach of national security.

Fox allowed his friend access to his official diary. Werritty produced a Parliamentary business card which described him as an “adviser to the Rt Hon Dr Fox MP”. The mind boggles.

National security and public safety were compromised once again by the irresponsibility of the Home Secretary Theresa May. She’s admitted that on her watch more than two million people were allowed in the UK without proper checks, in addition to all passengers that come into Britain on private jets.

Where’s the common sense in that?

Cameron’s judgement must be in question, bearing in mind he hand-picked these Ministers. You can’t, however, expect any better from someone who decided to increase the age of retirement when there are millions on the dole.

W. Quinn, Duke Street, Millfield, Sunderland

Wonderful staff

I RECENTLY broke my ankle and therefore had to spend a week on Ward D42 of Sunderland Royal Hospital.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank everyone there for the care and consideration shown to me during my stay. The staff do a wonderful job, but I feel that they never get the praise they truly deserve.

I feel that we are so lucky to have the dedicated doctors, nurses and staff of the NHS.

Thank to everyone, and keep up the excellent work.

Linda Newton, Houghton

Fantastic show

I REALLY wanted to say a big “well done” to all of the Monkwearmouth School pupils and teachers who were involved in their talent showcase “Turn It Up 2”, at the 02 Academy in Newcastle on Wednesday, November 16.

I went along with my eldest daughter, as our youngest daughter was taking part with her singing group, Five Chords.

We did not really know what to expect, but the talent on show was fantastic.

Musicians, singers and rappers were a credit to themselves and the school.

It was also lovely to see all of the teenagers who were there watching, being so supportive to everyone taking part.

Sometimes teenagers can get a bad press, but they had obviously worked really hard to make this show a success.

I know I personally can’t wait for the next one.

Joanne McAneny, Whitburn Terrace, Fulwell, Sunderland

War exhibition

AS well as the recent magnificent Brothers In Arms memorial wall dedication, the magnificent concert in the Seaburn Centre, and the magnificent parade and service within the city centre, we in Washington also had our largest parade service ever.

We also had the largest indoor exhibition relating to the two world wars, including many personal histories, stories, awards, citations, medals and uniforms on show in the Arts Centre, Washington.

This was all done by the Wessington U3A War Memorials Group.

On this evidence these volunteers deserve a City Community Award.

The annual Poppy Appeal Washington, under a new voluntary organiser, is £16,000 and still counting towards completion.

The total will be forthcoming in due course.

Bill Craddock, Veteran, Donvale Road, Washington