Readers’ letters - February 8

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Housing shortage?

Why is it that whenever you read about the housing crisis, there is never a reference to population growth, either nationally, or worldwide?

Why is this?

Surely the two are linked?

How many times have I read that ‘250,000 homes need to be built a year’?

I would have thought that you need to qualify this by saying the number of years this needs to be done for, based on statistics comparing ‘need’ and population growth?

Also, are we being misled about the supposed lack of new building?

I challenge anyone to travel along most arterial roads.

I think you will find that new housing estates are springing up fairly regularly.

Obviously it is in quite a few people’s interest to keep on talking about a housing shortage, but it is up to us to be sceptical, otherwise we, and our countryside, will just be rolled over.

Roger Crossley

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In memory of those we lost

I am acting on behalf of the authorities at the United Nations Memorial Cemetery Busan South Korea, where over 800 British Servicemen are buried. The authorities there wish to obtain photographs of those servicemen interred there and also of those who died but have no known grave. Copies of the photographs will be placed in the man’s records, and will also be displayed on the walls of the Cemetery Hall of Remembrance, for all time. The following names are just some of the young men from the North West of England who gave their lives in Korea: Pte John Gawith, Pte Duncan Little, Pte John T S Brown, Spr James M Beck, Rfn Harold Howarth, Sgt Eric Pigg, Pte Leslie Russell, L/Cpl John E Nuttall Rfn, Brian A Mulligan, Pte Harry Uttley, S/Lt Richard D Bradley(RN), L/Cpl Dennis MetCalfe, Gnr Gordon Yates.

Any family, or friend, who lost a loved one in the Korean War 1950-53, and wishes to take part, can send the photograph to me at: Brian Hough, 116 Fields Farm Road, Hyde, SK14 3NP Cheshire. You can phone me on 07467 037742 or email May I thank you for any help that you can give on this matter.

Brian Hough


usa politics

‘So-called President’

Interesting to note that Donald Trump referred to a US judge as a ‘so-called’ judge. I do hope that the judge concerned has issued a warrant for the arrest of one Donald Trump (so-called President of the USA) to answer a charge of contempt of court.

Once tried and convicted, Trump would be unable to continue in office whilst a convicted offender in jail, thereby saving the world from any further lunatic rantings and enabling normal diplomacy to return to world politics.

Rod Smith

local politics

A man of integrity

I have just read with utter disbelief that Coun Paul Kenny has been sacked from the council cabinet (WEP February 7). What has happened to democracy in Wigan? Councillors not allowed to debate an issue which affects thousands of its citizens!

I have known Paul for many years and he is a man of absolute integrity.

The town needs to stand up against tyranny and call for democracy to return.

Les Higgins

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