Readers’ letters - October 9

Labour policies regarding social housing are good, says a correspondent. See letter
Labour policies regarding social housing are good, says a correspondent. See letter

These policies are sensible

Having listened to the conference speeches of both the Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell and leader Jeremy Corbyn, I wondered why it has taken so long for Labour to find men of this calibre, who speak a language that the working man can understand, and deliver realistic policy ideas in a calm and measured way unseen for a long time.

Of course the wealthiest should pay more tax than the poor – but New Labour under Blair, then Brown, did exactly the opposite, with a top rate of just 40 per cent for 12 years and 10 months, actually less than the Tories charge today! Taxed the poor by stealth then imposed a 100 per cent rise by abolishing the 10p band.

John McDonnell’s ideas seem entirely justified to me anyway, an ex-Labour member who became disillusioned with the way the party went.

Jeremy Corbyn’s thoughts on housing are also very good.

I am old enough to remember the Rachman days.

In my opinion, the relentless right to buy of social housing, coupled with shorthold assured tenancies, which give families no security of tenure whatsoever and puts them at the mercy of rogue landlords, are not far removed from those times.

New Labour did nothing about that either.

Also employment for the young and promotion of manufacturing must be given priority so that people can learn useful skills and be able to earn enough to afford to rent or buy a decent home of their own without reliance on benefits.

Against this background though, I cannot understand the open disloyalty shown by so many Labour MPs. Thousands of new party members or supporters obviously disagree.

Maybe one or two de-selections will sort those rebels without a cause out.

D S Boyes via email

Men should be fighting

It is 75 years since war was declared on England.

Yes, we lived in a war-torn country for six years. My mother had to go in an air-raid shelter with two small children every night whilst bombs were dropping.

My father, who never hurt anyone, was called up in the army and ended up on a ship firing guns at enemy planes, which were coming to bomb us.

War is horrible but we didn’t have the media coverage of today or we would have had pictures of the dead children bombed in homes to look at!

When I see pictures of thousands of able-bodied men I ask myself, why aren’t they fighting for their country? There’s enough of them.

Haven’t they heard of the saying, God helps those who helps themselves?

After what we went through, we shouldn’t give our country up to anyone else!

Jean

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Gimmicks waste cash

I hope the regulator succeeds in establishing a law relating to delivery of unsolicited charity requests to vulnerable people.

My bone of contention is the waste of money included, not only by the postage, but some of the materials. This especially applies to sheets of printed labels with your address and name on, correspondence cards and even pens.

Some charities I support have ignored requests I have made, saying I do not need so many charity gimmicks. They should make notes of those who respond like this and thus save a great deal of money which would go to their very worthy causes.

Edna Levi

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