Readers’ letters - December 10

A woman is helped following flooding in Carlisle. A reader says money should be used to solve the UK's problems' not spent as overseas aid. See letter
A woman is helped following flooding in Carlisle. A reader says money should be used to solve the UK's problems' not spent as overseas aid. See letter

Charity at home first

In the light of the recent tragic events in the UK due to the severity of the adverse weather conditions, along with problems with the NHS funding, people living rough on our streets ( including ex- servicemen), families forced to use food banks and benefits being cut... the list goes on, yet we the working people of the UK are giving £12bn in overseas aid, and that’s not a one-off, that’s every year!

It’s money earned by us and we should have a say where this money is spent.

We are even giving to countries that have found enough money for a space programme, but still need aid from the hard working people of the UK.

It’s time this money was used to solve our own country’s problems.

Charity needs to begin at home and when our problems are sorted, then send money overseas.

Will any aid from overseas be arriving to help the people of the North West during their time of need ?

G Martin

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It’s the least bad option

While I don’t think that this country bombing Daesh, the so-called Islamic State, in Syria will actually achieve very much without creditable ground forces being involved, I can’t see that any other worthwhile alternative is being offered by the opponents of bombing.

I agree that the ideal solution would be diplomacy and talks, but who are any talks going to be held with?

The line of thought that says if we don’t antagonise them, they won’t attack us is also dangerously naïve. IS will attack the West anywhere they think they can. Just as they don’t recognise conventional country borders within their own state, neither do they recognise borders when organising terror attacks. It’s the weak links they are looking for, wherever they are. Unfortunately, there are no good answers, and trying to degrade IS by bombing their infrastructure seems to be the least bad at the moment.

Paul Morgan via email

Fallen on hard times?

The most miserable and dispiriting part of last Wednesday’s war debate in Parliament was the number of MPs who were not embarrassed to read their pathetic ‘speeches’ from scripts which seemed to have been written by the Government whips.

The trouble with these nonentities is that they don’t know or believe in anything and have arrived in the Commons via a conveyor belt of ambition and flattery, quite unfitted to debate the future of a sardine canning factory, let alone the country or the world. And if Hilary Benn’s politically illiterate, factually challenged and emotive diatribe was a great speech, then we have indeed fallen on hard times.

V Sheparde via email

‘You ain’t no Muslim bruv’

The man who shouted “you ain’t no Muslim, bruv” at the man who attacked a traveller at Leytonstone underground station at the weekend did more to illustrate how ordinary Muslims feel about people of their faith who commit these terrible attacks than all the pronouncements by the faith leaders who don’t seem to be able to express the disgust their followers feel. Well done, whoever you are.

Hilary Andrews via email