Readers’ letters - April 4

No right to have his say

The headlines of the Sunday Times read “crush Isis or horror will intensify”.

Who made this statement? None other but our old warmongering friend, Tony Blair.

What right has this man, ensconced with his millions in his ivory tower, to make a statement like this, when it 
was proved there were no WMDs, despite his protestations.

He then misled the British people and Parliament, and then invaded Iraq along with his mentor, George Bush. Granted, Saddam Hussein 
was overthrown, but at what cost?

Thousands of civilians and military killed, and a power vacuum created, which encouraged the jihadists and radicals to join forces, thus creating Isis.

Can we crush Isis?

I doubt it. We may eradicate the central core, but we will always have the mavericks intent on destroying anyone who disagrees with them.

F Ward

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health

Charge rise
is a concern

Prescription charges in England have increased by 20p from £8.20 to £8.40.

A 20p increase may not seem much but the reality is that people with asthma tell us they’ve had to choose between paying for their prescriptions and paying for food, fuel and household bills.

Any barrier to life-saving medication has the potential to put the lives of millions people with asthma at risk, and people with asthma shouldn’t be forced to pay for the prescriptions they need.

We are continuing with our campaign to put an end to prescription charges for everyone with a long-term condition as part of the Prescription Charges Coalition.

Until prescription charges are ended, we want the Government to raise awareness of schemes such as the Prescription Prepayment Certificates (PPC). PPCs are effectively prescription ‘season tickets’ which save money for patients who are regularly prescribed a number of prescription items.

If you would like further information on PPCs, please call our expert asthma nurse Helpline on 0300 222 5800 and sign up to our free email newsletter at: www.asthma.org.uk/sign-up to hear how you can take action and keep up to date on this and other Asthma UK campaigns.

If you are having an attack and your reliever inhaler is not helping, you should always call 999.

Do not to be afraid to call for help if you think that you need it.

Kay Boycott

Chief Executive

Asthma UK

animal welfare

Look after feline friend

There is no denying it, kittens are adorable, but what is easily forgotten is that those cute bundles of fluff will become sexually mature at around five months old and can become mums and dads to their own litters of kittens.

So at this age, the boys need neutering and the girls need to be spayed.

It isn’t cruel for cats to have this operation, but it is cruel to let them be responsible for or produce litter after litter of unwanted kittens whose future will be uncertain.

A neutered/spayed cat is a healthy cat, so it won’t need as many visits to the vet and it will not stray far from home.

With love, care and attention your feline friend will enjoy life with you and be a good companion, a calming influence and help reduce stress.

Josephine Harwood

via email