Readers' letters - April 12

I should be thankful I was born decades too soon

Friday, 13th April 2018, 6:44 pm
Updated Friday, 13th April 2018, 6:46 pm
A correspondent gives his view on technology

I couldn’t agree more with your correspondent Susan Richardson (WP Letters, April 9) on the subject of older people being classed as being technically out of date.I come into that age category and am thoroughly tired of the way I’m at the back of the queue because I don’t recognise the internet and have no email arrangement.To me a website is where spiders live and Twitter is what birds do. I experience great frustration when I’m supposed to know all about WWW with no landline alternative number given.As for mobile phones, they’re nowadays in the hands of school children with all their built-in risks, both via communication and physical dangers. However, as Susan says, there is now reliable evidence of damage being done to their health.So, maybe I should be thankful I was born many decades too soon.Neil KendallAddress supplied

Honour your privilege and use your vote

I have begun to notice it’s fairy tale time, mixed with the usual ‘it’s all their fault’ time – better known as the local elections. Maybe one election, just one time, will concentrate ONLY on what the candidate and their party will do with what we, the paymasters, can afford, and not play the blame game, of which most of us are not interested. Equally, these are local elections. Blaming the opposition or the government of the day, is a politician back sliding... again, do what you can with the money that’s available, not dream time money, not money from that famous money tree, known only it seems to those of the socialist ilk. There will be howls about austerity as though it’s some sort of plot. They might as well howl at the moon, because for a time it must continue.The Labour lot is now, of course, being run by another group of the so-called extreme left, better known to most as the Communist party. If you don’t like that, as a message to my Labour friends: DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT – you’re letting these people run the show and acting like a bunch of lemmings.The bit nobody wants to talk about is the £1.8 trillion pounds we are in debt – that means we, fellow readers, are paying £168m interest per day. Ask yourself what sort of things we could all have if we could get rid of that.That’s why we must, for the time being, keep a lid on public spending the best we can, and try to pay that off or at least get it down as far as possible.Back to local politics, the best position is actually in Opposition. You can promise the earth, and they do, in the full knowledge their promise is meaningless, just for the gullible, because until you’re in power, you can do nothing. However, when you get into power and you now know you cannot keep your promise, you blame it on the outgoing crowd for spending all the money you were going to use. It’s a local election, it’s about local issues. If you have a good candidate, who actually is out and about, forget the usual silly party politics. Pick the best for your ward, look carefully at the promises. Those involving huge sums, forget, we don’t have it. Men and women have died to give you the right to vote, a privilege denied to millions across the world,I would respectfully ask you all to honour this privilege and use your vote.Michael SutcliffAddress supplied

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