Letters, Tuesdsay, January 11, 2014

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Praise for RSPCA’s swift swan action

THE RSPCA gets a lot of bad publicity, so it’s nice to report good news.

 I rang them on Monday, February 3, about a distressed swan on Roker Park pond, the result of a territorial fight between two pairs. The established male on the pond was trying to drown its competition. Inspector Terry Haley was there within an hour and took the injured swan and its mate to be looked after.

 He rang me two days later to give me news of the pair. The female was ringed and known to them, her mate had died last year and this was a new mate they knew nothing about.

 They are now fit and feisty and have been transferred to Woodhorn pond in Northumberland and an organisation called Swan Watch will look out for them.

Michael Lowes,


Thatcher travelled to find more jobs

THE letter from AA Kelly (Echo Letters, Feb 5, needs a reply.

 Yes, I did lobby on mining closures. As council minutes will show, I opposed the closure of Silksworth Colliery, long before Mrs Thatcher came on the scene;

I saw the danger of a broken community, but, when the deed was done, and I suggested

the site of the pit be used for light industry, to try to keep that community together, I was myself opposed by the local Labour councillors. Along with other Conservatives in the region, I did indeed lobby to keep open the deep pits, including Wearmouth – but let’s not forget they were working for some time after Mrs Thatcher stood down, so it wasn’t her we lobbied.

 If AA Kelly is so concerned about pit villages, I wonder if he would have supported Durham’s Labour County Council’s proposals to wipe them off the face of the earth, under their Stalinist Category ‘D’ scheme, housing the fortunate inhabitants in some soulless new town. This, of course, was after a post-war Labour Government, having nationalised the pits, continued a programme of

closures which began long before the war.

 Mrs Thatcher did indeed respect the skills of the shipbuilders on Wearside, but how can you justify the use of taxpayers’ money – money taken from other workers – to keep alive a dying industry which had no orders on its books? It was a situation not only experienced on the Wear, but all over Europe. And yes – there were steelworks in North Wales as well as in the South. It is nonsense to describe Mrs Thatcher as anti-working-class.

 She travelled extensively abroad, to Japan and elsewhere, to find jobs for British workers in a country which, when she took over in 1979, was in an appalling industrial mess.  

 Thank goodness for Sunderland she succeeded with Nissan.

Tim Brown,

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Women and work

WE’RE always hearing about the extortionate cost of childcare – we’ll, you’ve got feminism to thank for that.

 Most women would love to stay at home and spend time with their children, but thanks to feminists harping on about ‘having it all’, mothers now have to go out to work to keep a roof over their heads.

 These poisonous harpies are a tiny monority but they seem to think they speak for all women, and thanks to the liberal media, their dangerous views are given a soapbox. They’re the biggest pox on society since the Black Death.

Catherine Jackson,