Readers’ letters - December 1

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Prime Minister David Cameron in the House of Commons. See letter
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne and Prime Minister David Cameron in the House of Commons. See letter

We’ll miss our NHS if it goes

There is a lottery win standing at £152m. Just half of that donated to the NHS would still leave a good win for someone.

Runs for charities are held all over the country and collection boxes are everywhere for different causes – but not a single thing is done to help out our own NHS.

If it folded for lack of funds, where would we all turn for help? After all, even if we are very lucky and only need the NHS at the beginning and end of our lives, what would we do without their care?

Some of us can still remember the days of no NHS when we had to rely on the elderly lady down the road or the overworked local doctor who had to be paid for his services.

God help us if those days ever returned. I can remember when my mam paid the doctor’s collector man a few pennies a week so that we children and our parents could be treated when accidents happened. If anything was very serious, one got sent to the local infirmary, but one was kept waiting hours before one got help.

Olga Twist

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Rich MPs target poor

For those of us not blessed with a university education, watching debates in Parliament can be really stomach-churning.

The pantomime behaviour of the likes of George Osborne and David Cameron is evidence that these two in particular still have their hearts at the campus. They have learned their politics through textbooks, unlike most of us who experience real life.

Their idea of a debate is to try to pull a fast one on the opposition, something they learned in their student days.

Following his spending review speech, which was a further attack on the poor, the so-called experts, all from the same backgrounds and universities, tried to analyse the details of his speech for those of us they consider to be inferior to themselves.

Whilst Osborne looks forward to leading the Tory Party, many of us will be significantly out of pocket.

This is not an end to austerity, as claimed by some, but a continuation of their war on the poor.

John Appleyard via email

Doubt can be a good thing

Regarding the Archbishop of Canterbury’s ‘doubts of God’s existence’ after the Paris atrocity, as an agnostic Christian myself (one who hopes rather than believes), I can relate to this.

But in this day and age, is it not better to accept we are only human, doubt is natural in a world where bad things happen, we don’t know all the answers, and yes, even those with a strong faith sometimes wonder if God exists.

At a time when religion is being taken over by violent fundamentalists with their own warped version – and not an ounce of doubt – maybe a little bit of doubt in one’s faith might not be such a bad thing after all.


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MP absences say it all

MPs recently debated climate change and only 10 per cent turned up for this important issue. And the place was half empty for the Syria debate.

The place was full to brimming for the pay award debate. Says it all ?

Just what do we get for our tax?

R Kimble via email