Letters, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

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Politicians must put people first

THE comment about “politicians are all the same. It’s time we had a big shake up of the whole rotten, corrupt system” by M McCardle in his recent letter is a sentiment I have sympathy with.

 In light of the repetitive bleating by the current gathering of self-serving, ex-public school boys constantly reminding us of the financial mess left by the previous bunch of incompetents, and how they have to put it right, maybe it really is time for a radical review of how we are governed.

 The years of constant backbiting we have to endure between the political parties is negative, non-productive and a waste of time, energy and money, which could be better spent on actually doing the right thing; managing the money and the country in the best interests of the country, its services and people.

 This would mean having a governing committee rather than having a set of individuals belonging to whichever party, who con enough of us to get them into number 10.

 The next party gets in, swiftly followed by more blaming of the previous lot by the present lot for the mess we continually seem to be in – it never ends.

 I may be being overly simplistic but I would suggest the current model is no longer fit for purpose.

 How about a committee of people not fretting about keeping their vote? That might mean that people who are actually qualified in their respective field would be focused on doing what they are good at rather than having someone who is distracted by party politics.

 I, of course, realise that the political historians out there will be appalled at my ignorance and simple thinking – I understand that.

 But wouldn’t it be refreshing if, instead of living with the constant failures in the existing system of governance, we could actually have a system which genuinely means it’s done by people who can actually do the right thing, and are not swayed or dissuaded from doing the right thing by party politics.

 Just a thought.

Dave Richardson

Growing inequality

THE news that five of Britain’s richest families have now accumulated more money than the combined wealth of the poorest 20 per cent of our families came as no surprise.

 It just confirms how the Tory-led Government has spread inequality among the population since it came into power.

 Charities are warning that the gulf will become wider, with more than £12billion of welfare cuts still to come, which will push even more children into poverty.

 Civilisation means an advanced stage of human development in which people in a society behave well towards each other.

 So, obviously, these continuous attacks by Cameron and Osborne, which are debilitating millions of ordinary families cannot, under any stretch of the imagination, be called civilised.

 Only the rich have been left out of the Tory clutches.

 Because of Tory funding cuts, even the most vulnerable of the elderly are left wanting.

 Despite rising demand, the amount spent on social care has dropped considerably since 2010.

 As a consequence, thousands of our older people who have worked hard all their lives and paid their share into the national pot are being neglected by a Government who, apparently, has no conscience!

W Quinn

Trolley madness

WHEN Tesco built its new store on Newcastle Road, bosses said it would enhance our area.

 How wrong they were.

 I’m constantly on the phone or going into the shop asking staff to remove the shopping trolleys that are being left in the streets and roadside around the area.

 It makes the place look like a dumping ground.

 Why didn’t they just make them where you have to put a pound in and then there would be no problem?

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