Readers’ letters - January 13

Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn holds his first shadow cabinet meeting since last week's reshuffle. See letters
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn holds his first shadow cabinet meeting since last week's reshuffle. See letters
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MPs should tackle Tories

Re: Michael Moulding and John Appleyard’s letters (WEP January 9 and 12), I also find it frustrating that MPs seem to be more interested in fighting among themselves then tackling everything that is going wrong with this country. Are they the Tories’ opponents or Corbyn’s?

I have two friends whose jobs are at risk because they work in the public sector, junior doctors are going on strike, services are being cut here, there and everywhere, and the poor and vulnerable are being made even more poor and vulnerable.

Where is the opposition to the Government and austerity?

It doesn’t have to be this way for this country. Money is being wasted on MPs’ pay rises, the House of Lords, and so 

Yet all I hear is anti-Corbyn this and anti-Corbyn that.

But how will that improve things for the ordinary person?

CJK via email

Unite behind party leader

May I congratulate Michael Moulding for his letter regarding the Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn (WEP, January 9).

Mr Moulding quite rightly says the Labour politicians should unite behind their leader instead of all the infighting in the ranks, many of whom are nothing but “career-mad capitalists”. Corbyn has sound policies and principles and, as Mr Moulding states, was elected democratically with a huge majority.

The electorate are sick and fed up with Tory lies and deceit and are backing Corbyn at long last – as he is the best thing that has happened to the Labour Party in years.

Tom Riley,


Rifts may never heal

The decision by David Cameron to allow Cabinet ministers to campaign to leave the European Union if they wish is the honourable thing to do.

Harold Wilson did the same thing in 1975, but this time round I believe that the result will be very different and the British people, known for their common sense when armed with all the facts, will vote to leave.

I personally welcome Cameron’s move, though it is a pity that the Prime Minister favours staying in the doomed and failing EU and will plainly support the campaign to remain in.

But whatever the outcome, the rifts in the Conservative Party over the issue run very deep and may never heal.

Paul Nuttall

UKIP North West 
MEP and deputy 
party leader

Right balance

I wish that 2016 would be the year politicians reach the right balance of compassion and common sense.

To close the barriers against genuine refugees would be lacking compassion and we have to open our hearts to help those in need as far as we have the resources etc to do so.

But to open the barriers to everyone without any precaution seems potentially dangerous, both to the current inhabitants (as some say may have been the case in Germany), but also to the decent genuine refugees and hard-working immigrants already there, with the potential of a backlash by racists looking for any excuse to be violent.

Is it possible to have security measures before anyone new comes in? And/or deport anyone who turns out to be a criminal? Can we start judging people on their actions, instead of where they’re from?

Jane, address supplied