Letters to the Mercury - 27 July 2012

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Protecting our future generations

WHY that full page of outraged complaints from OAPs (Letters last week)? Our generations (I am one of them aged 80) are the ones who elected the Labour and Conservative governments which (all now agree) got us and later generations into this financial mess.

The Conservative/LibDem coalition is bent on negotiating a passage through to manageable waters for the future generations, who will otherwise to be burdened with these vast debts.

So now, either OAPs have to trust that coalition, supporting government decisions and ignoring half-hearted opposition from within the three broken parties (unable internally to agree on that commitment) or MPs, generally, should force an election, so that each party can put its cards, face-up on the manifesto table, and leave all us current electors to decide between them.

It must be wrong for us to leave younger generations to pay for the mistakes of ‘oldie’ good times. And we hear that £13trillion has been stashed away by our richest citizens in tax havens. Well, during the financially desperate 1939 to 1945 war years our then richest taxpayers gave up 95 per cent of their annual income to the tax man, without complaint of any kind.

Mr Boles should persuade his present coalition government to charge at least a 75 per cent share on the income from these trillion, by one means or another. The really rich won’t object? (humph!) because they can transfer that money back from elsewhere to meet their UK tax bill. Certainly vast sums have to be extracted somehow, it now seems in part by coalition investment in national infrastructure projects.

A last point: If the present government is unable, by degrees and compromise, to join forces across the political divides now or in 2015 or at an earlier election, then at least OAPs are only to be individually charged according to their personal taxing-code, ie what they can afford (if anything) to give up from the State entitlements.

DAVID de GALE

All Saints Street, Stamford

He’s too eager to please

I was interested in your readers’ comments about our MP Nick Boles as I have for sometime been of the opinion that he is ambitious to get the top in politics and is none too pleased that he needs a constituency to enable him to do so.

Mr Boles seems most eager to impress the hierarchy of the Conservative party forgetting that it is his constituents who are his real masters.

I’m sure I’m not the only Conservative-leaning voter who is unlikely to endorse him at the next election and, although I doubt whether he will lose the seat, those he is so keen to please might be a little surprised at the reduction in his majority.

Jane Reacher

Stephenson Way,

Bourne

Talk to some real people

I OFTEN wonder when Mr Cameron and his government are going to put their minds to the day-to-day running of this country.

For 12 months the rest of the country has known that there would be trouble at Heathrow with entry control. What did they do about it?

Now the people there are thinking of strike action over the whole Olympic period.

When he was appointing a security firm to a £50m contract to handle the Games, he left it until two weeks ago to find out that they couldn’t handle it, and has had to pull in the Army 10,000 of them, to make up the shortfall. An Army that has just been told that 20,000 are being made redundant.

When the country was hit by foot and mouth, the then government tootled around for four weeks before they brought in the Army and then they put a Brigadier in charge and it got sorted!

In this morning’s paper Cameron is saying that “austerity will last until 2020”.

Would he in 1931 as Prime Minister, have told the country that he could predict the next eight years? When in fact they would be about to fight the Second World War?

I don’t know, Prime Minister, what you and your government are seeing on your computers or getting advice from your very expensive advisors, or even your friendly journalists; what I suggest is they and you get back in the real world, look around you and talk to genuine people.

You could find out by listening in a proper pub, and I suggest you listen, nobody needs a DC monologue, (you can get that in the papers every day), and when you leave don’t forget to count up your children.

ASHLEY BANKS

Warrenne Keep, Stamford

Educational opportunity

I am a donation governor of my old school, Christ’s Hospital, based in West Sussex. My role as a governor gives me the honour of ‘presenting’ a child to the school.

About 30 per cent of children joining the school each year gain a “presentation” from a donation governor or a corporate body, and I am seeking to present a child from South Kesteven.

I was fortunate enough to receive a presentation myself, which gave me an exceptional education at Christ’s Hospital, and am keen to raise awareness of this opportunity to parents with a child moving into secondary education in September 2013 (into Year 7).

Founded in 1552, Christ’s Hospital provides a high standard of education, particularly to children of families in financial or other need. Benefactors have supported the this famous school since its foundation, and it continues to provide more bursarial support than any other independent boarding school in the country. Its aim is to offer a life-changing opportunity to a bright child who can make good use of it. There has always been a valuable mix of social backgrounds; differences on arrival disappear rapidly because all pupils wear the traditional Tudor-style uniform (which is provided free).

The presentation scheme at Christ’s Hospital is an opportunity to make a difference to a child’s life.

If this letter is of interest, please do not contact me direct, but discuss entry to the school, in the first instance, with the admissions team at Christ’s Hospital on 01403 211293 or e-mail adsec@christs-hospital.org.uk.

They are pleased to hear from prospective parents, or from anyone who knows of a deserving child. Application must be made before the end of September, and applicants sit initial assessments in November for entry the following September.

Christ’s Hospital has open mornings for the public and further details about the school can be found by visiting www.christs-hospital.org.uk.

David Close

Welbourn, Lincoln

c/o Admissions office,

Christ’s Hospital,

Horsham, West Sussex

Marvellous generosity

On behalf of Epilepsy Action I would like to thank Morrisons in Stamford for providing us with the fantastic opportunity to fundraise in the lobby of their store last week.

Not only was it great for raising funds, but it gave me the opportunity to meet so many people with such a variety of stories to tell about their journeys living with epilepsy.

I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to the shoppers who so generously donated to our cause.

Through this generosity we raised more than £400 towards funding our 
many services, including our free helpline and our specialist nurses that we provide to the 600,000 people living with epilepsy in the UK.

I would like to highlight that there is a support group in Stamford itself who will always make new members very welcome.

Epilepsy Action’s next big local event is the first ever sponsored swim on Rutland Water on September 9. Suitable for all levels of swimmers, this will be a fun way to help raise more money for Epilepsy 
Action.

For information on the group, the swim or other ways to get involved in the work of the charity, please contact me.

Joanna Burrows

Community fundraising officer, East Midlands

Epilepsy Action