Letters, Thursday, October 3, 2013

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Indeed, things are starting to look up

YOU can smell the panic on the left with the great news on the economic recovery.

 Mr W Quinn (September 21) states: “The latest figures show the economy grew by 0.9 per cent, which is nowhere near the figure he inherited from Labour.”

 He fails to mention, or fails to understand, that the figure of 0.9 per cent is one quarter’s growth.

 Economic experts are on record as saying this suggests an annualised growth figure of about 3.2 per cent.

 Mr Quinn claims the last Labour Government left a growing economy, yet he fails to state that they took us into the deepest recession for many years with the economy plunging 7.2 per cent.

 He also ignores other data he does not like. Between 2010 and 2013, public sector net borrowing has fallen from 11 per cent of GDP to 7.4 per cent.

 Twenty-five million people will have their tax cut by 2014 and 2.7million people on the lowest incomes will pay no tax. People working full-time on the minimum wage will have their tax bill more than halved. Last year we saw the biggest increase in the state pension. This year, pensions rose by 2.5 per cent.

 There have been 1.4million jobs created in the private sector and unemployment is falling. When Labour left office in 2010, 428,000 more people were unemployed than when they took office – an increase of more than 20 per cent. We have seen 12,500 new jobs created since 2010.

 Even Sunderland Council states in its Core Strategy and Development Policy that unemployment “is at a 25-year low”.

 To use a line used by Labour – things are getting better.

Terrence Docherty,


Real football plea

PAOLO Di Canio’s ill-starred reign as Sunderland boss lasted just 175 days. Probably not too bad considering his wage packet.

 Once again, football baffles me. No matter how good the chat is in the dressing room – once out on the field, everything is different.

 The team ‘glue’ is only adhesive by the team’s skill.

 If they don’t have it, Superglue and Araldite won’t work.

 A team that is ‘bad’ is ‘bad’.

 Sunderland couldn’t win at poker with a marked deck – and why should they? Good or bad, they will still get that ridiculous wage, and drive home in their flash cars. There is never a deduction of wages for bad performance. A big wage to flog yourself for 90 minutes. Who cares? Sack the manager and get another one – “easy come – easy go”.

 Maybe all the Sunderland fans should save their money, and go out to a local bar, workmen’s club, or watch a youth club football match and see some ‘real’ football by players who put their hearts into the game (all with pronounceable names and for no wages).

 Oh! for the good old games of my youth – real football, real enthusiasts, real fans, real wages, floodlit night matches, gamesmanship, no fighting.

 As always – gone but not forgotten.

John Stott,


Respect was lost

I HAVE seen many opinions regarding Paolo Di Canio and his managing methods.

 Some say it is right to sack him, others say it was wrong.

 I know he kept us up last season with the points gained beating Everton, and who can forget that 3-0 win at Newcastle.

My own opinion was it was time for him to go.

 He had lost the respect of the players. You do not get the best out of anyone by bullying them like he was trying to do.

 One thing the good football managers never do is air their dirty washing in public. To those who say he has a right to, how would you feel if your boss was critical about you in public?

 The way I see it is everything had to be done his way or not at all. But how many times do you dictate to people before they push back?

  It has to be a working partnership for people to work as a team. I was glad to see the back of the man.

David Logan,

Thorney Close

We need referendum

THE latest diktats from the un-elected commisioners in Brussels are telling the UK Government that future registration of births in the UK will have to bear the EU stamp.

  This ridiculous directive has been followed by another equally stupid ruling that some types of flowers could be banned from sale at garden centres because each plant variety must have a detailed scientific description on an official register.

 UK experts say the whole issue would be too expensive and take years to set up. The ramifications of this latest directive, if imposed, would create an adverse affect on garden centres and could end up with the centres, or indeed anyone, selling un-registered plants being heavily fined.

 Meanwhile, a DEFRA spokesman has said that they are working with other EU countries to retain simpler rules that would allow companies to continue selling ornamental plants and seeds without any specific botanical descriptions.

 Recently, the EU thought up another regulation that would force car manufacturers to fit speed regulation devices to engines.

 As one who believes that there is a great amount of credence in the ‘conspiracy theory’, I see this as a cheap EU trick to threaten UK car manufacturers. It would mean that should their production base be outside the European Community, which it would be should the UK withdraw, then car exports to EU countries would be under threat because of non-installation of speed regulators in their models.

 As if all this was not enough to convince the British people that the Eurocrats are hell bent on ensnaring the UK in its web of regulations, they are plotting to extend their control over our judicial system.

 According to a newspaper report this will entail introducing new ‘fundamental’ human rights to go on strike, claim benefits and give the vote to prisoners.

 According to further reports the vice-president of the EC, Viviane Reding, has stated that her masterplan will be a huge step towards a Federal Europe.

 Should she be successful, it would mean that the EU would oversee and dictate UK law. This unification of all European justice systems is what the plan is all about, and would spell the end of what remains of Britain’s independence.

 As many people in Britain realise in order to stave off the threat by the EU to dominate this country, the promised referendum should be held, and to protect the freedom of the individual, a UK Bill of Rights should be drawn up before it is too late.

Coun George Howe

Fulwell ward

Thumbs-up to work

GEORGE Osborne says that the long-term unemployed will have have to earn their benefit.

 This is the news any decent, hard-working person wants to hear.

 It’s a brave and bold move. It will also be a tremendous shock to the skivers who play the system.

 No doubt some of them will be reading this letter now in a total panic, realising that it’s now time to finally get off their backsides and look for work.

 Before anyone responds that there are no jobs – I would advise them that there are lots of jobs, I see them advertised everywhere.

 True, the pay might not be up to much but it’s a job all the same and a chance to regain some self respect.

 I can understand folk being unemployed for a short period of time, but when I hear people say that they have not worked for many years, you have to question their backbone and morals.

Mick The Pen Brown

Disabled bay chaos

COULD I just ask who is supposed to monitor the disabled parking bays at Byron Place Shopping Centre in Seaham?

 The disabled bays are not adequate enough as they are but they are not policed at all, meaning everyone thinks it’s OK to park there, giving people who genuinely need them no chance of getting a bay.

 Then you get to the subject of the taxi rank. There are bays for two taxis with a feeder system operating from a car park on the dock top, again it’s not policed and they just do what they like.

 I actually witnessed six taxis causing chaos the other day while one was even blocking in an emergency ambulance.

 My wife and I have brought these matters up with the manageress of the centre before and would welcome a response on this matter.

Ralph Arnold,