Readers’ letters - October 7

There is now a 5p charge for carrier bags ' but one reader says this will deter people from shopping on the High Street
There is now a 5p charge for carrier bags ' but one reader says this will deter people from shopping on the High Street
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Shops have lost custom

I had naively believed that the carrier bag tax was just for bags provided by supermarkets, but it is in fact an appalling imposition of charges for having goods wrapped.

In stores such as Marks & Spencer and Debenhams, I will be faced with a choice of a compulsory charge for my goods to be wrapped or expected to just leave with them unwrapped in my hand.

This seems like a shoplifters’ heaven, if customers are just wandering out of the shops with unwrapped goods.

How are staff going to know if these have been paid for or not?

They say that the high street is dying – for me with its failure to provide a free alternative to the plastic bag, it has rendered itself dead and buried as I will henceforth be purchasing online only from those retailers who offer free delivery.

On a recent visit to Paris I purchased a scarf from Galeries Lafayette.

My purchase was wrapped in tissue paper, placed in a cardboard sleeve which was then placed in a paper carrier.

If they can provide a superb plastic-free wrapping service, then why is it beyond the capability of stores in this country?


Katherine Mitchell by email

Add voice to cage ban

Every year, around 40 million pheasants are intensively reared to be released for shooting … and the four-month killing season started this week.

Gun lobby spokesmen have already begun trying to fill newspaper columns and the airwaves with their sunshine and roses fantasy picture 
of their bloody sport.

Cages, industrial hatcheries, giant sheds and release pens are all involved in mass production of these feathered targets.

Animal Aid continues to press for a ban on the purpose breeding of birds to be shot for sport, which Holland introduced in 2002.

A particularly vicious aspect of ‘gamebird’ production is the use of small metal cages, in which the egg-producing birds are confined.

Animal Aid recently released shocking undercover footage showing just how wretched a time the birds have inside these metal prisons.

A civilised country would not permit their use.

In fact, a YouGov opinion poll we commissioned last year found that 77 per cent of respondents opposed them.

You can add your voice to those calling for a cage ban. Please contact Animal Aid for a free information and action pack.

Andrew Tyler


Animal Aid

‘Risk to our country’

Now that Jeremy Corbyn has been elected as Labour Party leader – largely thanks to the membership fee of just £3 – the anarchists have seized control and, with help from some in the unions, appear to be threatening to break the law.

The demonstration in Manchester against the legitimately elected Government is a reminder to everyone of the great danger they represent to the future of our country. While most people want a better future for their families, these people, who represent a minority, would introduce a severe regime, as they wanted in the 1980s, that would wreck our economy and affect everybody’s lives. Far from moving forward, they would be taking us back to the future that they are determined to impose on us.

Philip Griffiths

North West President, UKIP