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D-Day: liberated people deserve tribute too

May 5, 2014 by


Dear Editor TRIBUTES Every year, D-Day 1944 is celebrated, particularly in Normandy where the people express gratitude for their liberation by organising many ceremonies. Tremendous efforts are made and much  kindness and respect is shown to those veterans attending. It is very moving to be on the receiving end of such friendship, particularly when so […]

Letter: More funding needed to protect our parents

May 3, 2014 by


Tony Delahoy on the final part of a deeply troubling BBC documentary …  Dear Editor The third and final part of the BBC television programme ‘Protecting our Parents’ (Thursday 2 May) further illustrated the total inadequacy of the available resources – both staffing and funding – in addressing the human needs of frail individuals who […]

Letter: Protecting our Parents – who cares?

April 28, 2014 by


Dear Editor Part two of the BBC programme Protecting our Parents, shown on 24 April, revealed the inadequacy of all-round care provision for the elderly. All staff shown were indeed caring but handicapped by having to work within existing rules and funding constraints. A disturbing feature was the ‘test’ by a psychologist to determine the […]

Letters: protecting our parents

April 24, 2014 by


Dear Editor The first part of the BBC programme Protecting our Parents, screened on 17 April, was very moving, highlighting situations of caring that could face the parents of anyone. Parents are individuals with thoughts, feelings and wishes: in short they are human beings in vulnerable situations. As illustrated in the programme gentle but subtle […]

Government bingo!

April 21, 2014 by


Dear Editor I thought George Osborne would be interested in my extended playing of Bingo, with the caller’s comments: By itself, number 1 … Tory philosophy By itself, number 4 … Out the door – bedroom tax By itself, number 5 … Wasted years By itself, number 8 … show them the gate! Number 10 […]

Letter: Need before greed

April 4, 2014 by


Dear Editor Particularly during and since the Thatcher times people have been encouraged to think only of themselves. It has the divisive effect – which was it’s intention – of tearing people away from their natural instinct of caring for others. The evidence that the policy of looking after number one is the wrong thing […]

Letter: Attacks on quality of life must be resisted

March 17, 2014 by


Dear Editor In the past, many things were struggled for to enhance the quality of life. National Parks, Green Belts, local parks, sports fields, libraries, museums, rights of way, etc, etc. Recent times have seen all of the things mentioned above – and more – threatened, closed, built on, sold to developers. Added to that, […]

Letter: Basic needs

February 11, 2014 by


Dear Editor To express thoughts in words is sometimes difficult; hopefully the following is clear enough. There are many needs common to everyone in the UK: amongst them are the NHS, gas and electricity, water, transport, schools and employment, they are basic needs. In Scotland only the NHS, schools and water can be classed as […]

Letter: People, not commodities

January 24, 2014 by


Dear Editor Despite the massive potential wealth of the UK, around two million people are unemployed, causing great hardship, depression and a loss of dignity. If people are willing to work, and the materials needed are available, what then is the problem and what can be done about it? We live under a system of capitalism […]

Letter: Trick or treat?

January 7, 2014 by


Dear Editor The announcement by Cameron that pensioners’ incomes will be protected from inflation for the “life of the next Parliament” sounds okay, you may think, but then what? There is no doubt that other ‘benefits’ as he says, will be cut; from whom? The younger working people struggling now to make ends meet or […]