Letters, Tuesday, September 17, 2013

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Miliband’s actions were point scoring

R SCOTT (September 9) attacks Michael Dixon’s criticism of Ed Miliband and states that “Mr Miliband’s sensible intervention (over Syria) has even resulted in the USA now consulting its own congress before taking action”.

 However, it is perfectly clear that Miliband’s stance was made purely on the grounds of political point scoring and his duplicitous action, far from being a “mature, measured and sensible approach”, is being seen as naked opportunism. Miliband has been referred to as an “anti leader” and “political vulture” over his actions.

 It should be remembered that those present at the briefing prior to the Commons’ debate have said he had agreed to support the Government’s motion. It seems that when he returned to the Labour rooms, he was shouted at by his shadow colleagues and changed his mind.

 Most observers were surprised at the amendment proposed by Labour given that it was so close in content to the Government’s motion.

 R Scott claims that the Government motion was proposing a “rush into war”. If he had listened to the debate or read the motion, he would have seen that the Government motion did not call for immediate military action. It was stated that any action would have been subject to a second vote.

 Much the same as Miliband’s amendment.

 As for Ed Miliband stabbing his brother in the back, R Scott says: “As far as I am aware, Ed Miliband did not promise not to stand against his brother for election”.

 I bet that has eased family tensions.

 However, Miliband did agree to support the Government on this motion.

 Far from raising his standing, this manoeuvring has damaged Miliband at home and abroad.

 A recent survey showed that four per cent of those interviewed believed that Elvis was still alive.

 In another, only two per cent thought Ed Miliband would be Prime Minister. Telling, what?

Alan Wright

Low cost options

IT looks as if MPs are finally realising that the HS2 is a dead duck.

 The cost of between £50billion and £80billion is ridiculous.

 And for what?

 To get to Birmingham 15 minutes earlier.

 This project would take about 20 years to complete, and villages and large areas of countryside would be desecrated.

 What we need are extra carriages so more people could sit on journeys, extra trains running and improvement of rail stations – a low cost in comparison.

Majorie Matthews

The wrong train

THE steam engine depicted hauling the train into Millfield Station as shown in the Echo photograph (September 7) claimed that the engine involved was an NCB engine.

 This, to my mind, is incorrect as further records will show that it is indeed a British Railway Class J26 locomotive, which was probably based at the South Dock BR Motor Power Depot, which was located directly opposite the Welcome Tavern Pub.

Mr M Thubron,

Millfield

Judge of madness

WHY do people think everyone but them is mad?

 Most conversations revolve around such-and-such doing this and that and how silly they are – but how can we reliably judge that their actions are wrong?

 I’ve known a man for more than 20 years and I am convinced he is mad – but he is so perfectly happy with his strange life that I am starting to doubt myself.

 Everyone I know thinks he’s mad too, but perhaps we are the ones that should be locked away.

 From now on, I’ll endeavour to leave him to it and stop judging.

 I just really wish he would stop wearing the same jumper.

Judith Trucknell

Life ban needed

BARNEY the pony starved to death.

 The owner was banned from keeping horses for three years.

 Why only a three-year ban?

 This is atrocious and only a life-time ban is appropriate.

Mel Sly,

Seaburn