Readers' letters - February 16

The Houses of Parliament  but where is the effective opposition asks a reader. See letterThe Houses of Parliament  but where is the effective opposition asks a reader. See letter
The Houses of Parliament  but where is the effective opposition asks a reader. See letter
Opposition is a mirage

There was a period in the 1870s, when an astute writer to the Times said he had never known a time “when English politics were held in such low esteem”.

He was referring, he said, to “the incompetent and ineffectual opposition in the Commons”.

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If alive today, he would repeat his criticism with even more force for a credible and competent opposition is no more. It is a mirage.

The Liberal Democrats no longer cause a blip on the political radar.

The Labour Party ship is being steered slowly but perceptibly towards treacherous rocks by a captain and crew who are not only blind to the approaching peril, they have lost the ship’s compass and have no lifeboats.

The recent revelations about UKIP signals a party facing oblivion.

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Faced with tales of mismanagement, plus a leadership at loggerheads with his team, it is a party that is not approaching rocks.

It is already on them.

Dr Barry Clayton

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Thanks for generosity

On December 4, a charity concert was held at Scot Lane, Labour Club, Newtown, in aid of Alzheimer’s.

The amazing sum of £1,040 was raised and we would like to thank all those who took part in the event for their generosity. Thanks to Falcon Workshop Supplies Ltd, Stephens Way, Tasty Fillings, Darlington Street, Shop Retailers, Norley Hall club members, committee members for their help with donations for the raffle and help with Bingo.

Thanks too to Marco for compering – a job well done and the club for providing the room, lighting and heating all free of charge.

Thank you all for your help.

The Hewitt Family via email

Tell us your experiences

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At Leonard Cheshire Disability, we believe everyone should be able to live their lives independently and with dignity while getting the support they need.

These are not luxuries, but essentials.

Sadly, some disabled and older people are still experiencing flying 15-minute care visits which can leave them facing impossible choices like having a cup of tea or using the loo. Others have seen cuts to their social care because of council budget pressures.

We are campaigning for better social care and would like to hear about your experiences. Whether you have received care yourself or experienced it through a friend or family member, please get in touch. Together we can make a difference.

Email us at [email protected] or writing to us at Campaigns, Leonard Cheshire Disability, 66 South Lambeth Road, London, SW8 1RL. For more information, visit

Amy Parker

Campaigns Officer, Leonard Cheshire Disability

The wrong approach

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I do not know why Cameron is running ragged round Europe begging.

Surely he should have sent an open letter to all Government heads stating exactly what he was demanding.

He should then let them talk it over among themselves and get back to him, before he decides to stay or go.

J Williams via email