Readers' letters - May 31

Stop complaining and take responsibilities seriously

Friday, 1st June 2018, 3:28 pm
Updated Friday, 1st June 2018, 3:32 pm
A correspondent says parents should stop complaining about the cost of trips during school holidays

It is the time of year when we are treated to the annual whining of parents who complain about not being allowed to take holidays in term-time without the threat of a fine hanging over them. What tosh!Apart from a few parents whose employers may put constraints on them from taking holidays during term-time, many of these will be catered for by understanding schools. So most are just complaining about the cost of holidays. There are some who say holidays are educational, but they are equally educational when taken during the official holidays. This is just clear hypocrisy – they just don’t want to pay the full price of holidays.When you are a parent, you have responsibilities and they include sticking to various rules and regulations, including those regarding the timing of the child’s education.For those who complain about travel firms putting the prices up during school holiday times, they are clearly wrong. Like all good businesses, they are there to make money, not act as a charity, and so they make most of their income when prices are at their normal level due to the high demand. What the companies do is lower the prices, outside peak time, to attract people to fill potentially empty seats and hotel rooms.Also think of the teachers. They have a hard enough time looking after so many children that are class disruptive and anti-social. Don’t make their life even harder by trying to help children catch up when they have been taken out of school.Come on parents, stop complaining and take your parental responsibilities seriously. If you cannot afford a trip abroad, don’t have one! You have no divine right to one.Ivan Kovacksvia emailAid cash tiny in proportionWith respect to the letter from Karl Sheridan (WP Letters, May 25), he opined that “money in the Treasury’s coffers should be spent on getting this country in a fit state before worrying about other countries and their problems”. He also quotes the figure of £13bn as what the DfID has to distribute each year.That is truly a very large figure. However, it is only 0.7 per cent of our GDP, that is 70p out of every £100 the UK earns, which is the standard that the UN has set.In medieval times, when people were far less prosperous, people tithed, and each gave 10 per cent of their individual GDP away – that’s over 14 times as much as that aid percentage.So that aid percentage seems a very small amount for us to give, as we are the fifth-richest country in the world, and so our aid is being distributed to many of the 190-plus countries who are not as rich as us.I do agree with Karl that we, as the UK, are facing a number of serious problems. One difficulty with understanding our overall financial situation is that there is no transparency. George Osborne proposed issuing some form of accounts, but nothing has surfaced. All sorts of organisations – from public companies to small charities – have to issue annual accounts, but UK Ltd, not a jot! One sheet of A4 with the key details of the UK’s income, expenditure and debt would help us understand so much better.Dave Robertsvia emailStriding ahead for good cause

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