Readers' letters - June 7

'˜Labour's the only party which cares about communities'

Friday, 8th June 2018, 6:41 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th June 2018, 11:29 am
Only Labour has pledged to tackle the spate of high street bank closures says a correspondent

I notice that the Royal Bank of Scotland has announced its intention to close a large number of branches nationwide. Labour shadow Chancellor John McDonnell has requested Government Chancellor Phillip Hammond to intervene in the public interest. The RBS – of which we the people are majority (71 per cent) shareholders, having rescued the bank from its greed-driven collapse – has recorded profits of £752m, yet still believes it owes us nothing! Job losses and cuts to services – and the abandonment of those who cannot use online banking – will do nothing to hinder the scheduled reprivatisation.How easily are the sins forgotten. Remember why the East Coast railway features in the news?Only Labour in its manifesto has pledged to tackle the spate of high street bank closures by insisting on complete transparency. Only Labour really cares about communities. Paul Burnsvia email

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