Letters, Saturday, September 14, 2013

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Miliband is fixated with Tory leaders

AFTER Ed Miliband’s recent speech to the Trades Union Congress, in which he included, for reasons best known to himself and his advisors, several references to the 14th Earl of Derby, a 19th-Century Conservative Prime Minister, one trade union and Labour activist made the following remark about her leader.

 “His heart is in the right place, but he gets his head in a muddle.”

 Nothing to argue about with that assessment.

 What is it about Miliband that he has this fixation for past Conservative Prime Ministers?

 He mentions them with great regularity; Thatcher, how he admired her conviction, he is always on about Disraeli, and now the above mentioned and no doubt worthy Earl of Derby. Who is next?

 Preparation, perhaps, for a career as a British History lecturer at a University in the United States in the not too distant future?

 A move to the United States? Well it runs in the family.

Michael Dixon

It’s utter claptrap

I REALLY enjoy reading the Echo every day, but there’s one thing that I think would make it better, and that’s getting rid of the horoscopes.

 It’s mind-boggling that in 2013, newspapers – it’s not just the Echo – are still encouraging this nonsense.

 Do the people who read it not realise that it’s just a load of vague statements and wish fulfillment claptrap that could be relevant to almost everyone?

 They really must be stupid if they think that it has any consequence on their lives.

 I’m sure a lot of people see it as a bit of harmless fun, but plenty of others take it seriously.

 I wonder how many relationships have ended or harmful life decisions made thanks to Russell Grant’s advice?

 I’d love to see the Echo leading the way and calling time on this harmful drivel.

Diane Dunbar,


Such happy days

I READ with interest the letter from Mr G Liddle about old Hendon and Samson Bestford.

 I remember Samson very well, he lived in Henry Street, right across the road from The Swan pub.

 He did advertise for a lady and she came to his house to meet him but it all came to nothing.

 I think Samson had three daughters and one son and I know one of his daughters is still somewhere around the city, although she would be well into her 70s now.

 I lived in Henry Street East and all us kids used to play together.

 I remember Mr Liddle too – as he says, they were happy days.

 I too went to Hendon School, we had great times and good laughs. To all my friends in Sunderland, I would

like to say hello from a very warm day in Australia.

Ann Hansen (nee Pike)

A groan in despair

I WAS talking to a friend about which famous women should appear on our bank notes.

 He suggested Queen Boadicea, Mrs Pankhurst or Dame Judi Dench.

 I chose Lady Lovelace, a brilliant mathematician and computer pioneer in an age when girls were not expected to have an education.

 Here’s a bit of local interest too, she was the daughter of the poet Lord Byron and Annabelle Milbanke, of Seaham Hall.

 When I suggested Lady Lovelace, he gazed into his beer and said: “I remember her in Deep Throat.”

 I rolled my eyes and groaned in despair. What a mistake to make.

  Still, you have to admit Linda Lovelace would look great on the back of a fiver too.

William Crane,


Seafront disaster

IF you go down to the seafront your in for a fantastic view – rocks, wood and tarmac.

 How much has been spent on this? It looks dirty and tacky – so much for improving the seafront.

 Who at the council passes these things? It looks more like an assault course.

 I wonder long it will be before somebody makes a claim for hurting themselves on this?

 So much money wasted yet again.

Kevin Stoker