Readers' letters - March 9

Fair day's pay for fair day's work

Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 4:23 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th March 2016, 5:26 pm
Former President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy Reagan stand on the Great Wall in Peking, China, in 1984. See letter

Lord Rose, head of the campaign to keep Britain in the European Union, may think that higher wages for low skilled workers is ‘not necessarily a good thing’ but many would disagree.

It is because of mass uncontrolled immigration from EU countries that wages have been pushed down to the minimum leaving many British families struggling to survive.

They would be delighted to have their wages increased, especially if they no longer had to rely on tax credits and decide whether to heat or eat.

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I’m afraid Lord Rose’s comments throw into sharp relief the great divide between the very wealthy elite and the rest of the country who count the days to pay day, not sitting in the parlour counting out the money.

Having plenty of cheap unskilled and low skilled workers from wherever in the globe obviously suits big business, but it does not suit the rest of us who just want a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work.

Only by leaving the EU can we take back control over our country and give our workers the best possible wages.

Paul Nuttall

UKIP North West MEP and deputy party leader


A sensible compromise

It may not be perfect but the current law on Sunday trading represents a sensible compromise which allows large retailers up to six hours of trade whilst enabling their smaller counterparts to make a sane business judgement over whether to open and, 
if so, for how long.

Sunday shopping is certainly convenient but it is not toll free.

It comes at a price – one which is paid by those who work in the retail trade on what has traditionally been the nation’s day of rest.

Instead of tricking ourselves with the delusion that unregulated Sunday trading will allow high street retailers to compete on equal terms with their online counterparts, we would be better off as re-imagining our town and city centres as social spaces where people can relax, socialise and enjoy refreshments together.

Adrian F Sunman via email


Benefits big shops only

Long opening hours on a Sunday will be to the benefit of major supermarkets, and to the detriment of independent shops.

Is this what George Osborne wants to achieve?

How about sorting out the economy, George, rather than meddling like Gordon Brown? Look what happened to him.

Andrew Mercer

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Saddened by Nancy’s death

I have very little tolerance of anyone involved in domestic or international politics.

However, I was greatly saddened by the news of the death of Nancy Reagan. Regardless of her husband’s political persuasions or ambitions, she demonstrated an unswerving love for the man. A love that we should all be blessed with.

God bless you Nancy for demonstrating that love cannot be transcended by death.

R.I.P. Nancy Reagan.

Jack Banner

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