Readers’ letters - October 12

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Modern day ‘Dick Turpins’ – they’re a tax on the poor

Fixed odds betting terminals and, to a lesser extent, the National Lottery and the like, are a tax on the poor.

It beggars belief that these machines have so little regulation from central Government, as does the loan shark industry, which is allowed to roam this country taking money with menace like a modern day Dick Turpin.

Regulations in this country can be quite severe when it comes to parking, fishing and dog ownership, to name just a few.

But multinational companies and wealthy individuals can rob and persecute vulnerable people with impunity, sometimes causing them to take their own lives, as they see it as the only way out of the nightmare they find themselves in.

The welfare of the people should be the supreme law.

The vulnerable and poor in our society need more protection on these important matters. I support the campaign to reduce the maximum stake on these machines from £100 per bet, to £2 per bet.

John Booker

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Fate of party in May’s hands

Opponents of the Prime Minister, Theresa May, claim to have gathered together “the support of up to 30 MPs to demand that she stands down”.

However, 48 signatures are required to force her hand.

Back in 2008, a similar plot to unseat Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown was unsuccessful.

The media are constantly suggesting that Mrs May cannot survive.

She can be over- optimistic at times and has seriously misjudged her position on occasion, but Mrs May is a strong and formidable woman.

She will not resign voluntarily.

I believe if she listens to her critics and acts swiftly, it is possible for her to bounce back.

For example, the Brexit situation is a priority for our country.

Here we are four months on from submitting our letter of resignation from the EU, too little progress has been made and we appear to be no further on with the negotiations than when we started.

She must stand firmly against the EU leaders who undermine her authority as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.

If she fails, not only will her leadership be terminated, but the Conservative party will probably lose the next election.

The fate of the party is in her hands.

Wendy Abbott

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How to cut cost of welfare state

Not long before the 1997 general election, Peter Snow on BBC2 Newsnight asked a member of the Institute of Fiscal Studies: “How can we reduce the cost of the welfare state?”

If people aren’t aware, from 1979 to 1997, the Tories more than doubled the

cost in 18 years as they

are the party of benefit reliance.

The reply from the Institute of Fiscal Studies was: “It’s simple, renationalise utilities and get people back into work.”

Privatisation – no profits going back into the system, more taxpayers’ subsidies thrown at them, profits to shareholders, fatcats.

S Ellis