Posts Tagged ‘Daily Express’

Penny pinching from those less well placed makes Baby Jesus cry.

April 2, 2015

Letter sent to Daily Express (31/3/15).. original and published versions.

Original:

At a time when the Queen’s popularity has never been higher, it is saddening to read that the lower echelon staff at Buckingham Palace feel that they have to go on strike to achieve fair treatment.

We all view the Royal Family as having more money than they could possibly ever spend, a view enforced by just one tour of The Palace.

Most visitor’s would assume that staff would be treated not just fairly but generously.

Hearing that a spokesman has claimed that extra duties are voluntary, contrary to the staff claim, suggests a mean-minded attitude by those responsible.

This is under Prince Charles Chairmanship and places him in a very uncharitable light.

The Royal Family is being made to appear very Downton Abbey, for the sake of what must be a small percentage of Buckingham Palace gate receipts.

 

Published:

Windsor Castle staff have a right to earn fair wages

AT a time when the Queen’s popularity has never been higher, it is sad to read that staff at Windsor Castle feel that they have to go on strike to achieve fair treatment (“Queen is facing pay strike at Windsor”, March 31).

We all view the Royal Family as having more money than they could possibly ever spend, a view enforced by just one tour of Windsor Castle.

Most visitors would assume that staff would be treated not just fairly but generously.

The Royal Family is being made to appear very Downton Abbey, for the sake of what must be a small percentage of Windsor Castle’s admission charges.

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EU recycling sham letter to Daily Express (part published)

July 4, 2014
I sent the following letter to the Daily Express in response to the EU threat to increase re-cycling demand quota.
I have no cause to admire the EU.
from the destruction of our fishing grounds to the funding of wine lakes and refrigerated butter mountains.
From the alienation of our Commonwealth to the introduction of VAT.
From the introduction of the enabling of judges on the farthest side of Europe to arrest British Nationals from their homes and drag them off to an alien version of Justice, to their insistence that we maintain and support foreign criminals.
From the supplying of Exocet missiles to sink our ships, to the placing of our Supercarriers (still being built) under control of their Admirals.
From their buying of our State funded Utilities to the flouting of their EU rules against State subsidies for their own Utilities.
From the myriad of petty restrictions to the imposition of faux environmental campaigns.
The latest demand for greater rates of re-cycling is unrealistic and is simply a cynical, political sop to the Green Parties, which have a significant polling inside Europe.
And they don’t love us, as witness this throwaway comment in France 24 (ref World Cup)
“l’équipe de France retrouve son meilleur ennemi (après l’Angleterre, of course) : l’Allemagne.”
 
The re-cycling of plastics is the biggest fail in this political sham.
Plastic isn’t one material.
We have low and high density polythene’s, various polystyrenes, polyurethane, rigid PVC, rubberised PVC, natural versus synthetic rubber, vulcanised rubber (tyres), multiple thermo-setting plastics, polycarbonates etc. and that’s before we get onto those intimately bonded to other materials.
As a simple example consider the high density polythene used for washing-up liquid bottles (without their low denity caps), these can be ground up and returned to the extruder, which produced them.
Put print on them and this is no longer true.
Consider supermarket meat with polystyrene trays, cellophane seals, gummed paper labels and polythene meat nappies soaked in blood.
Are these re-cyclable, except as filler materials, debasing the integrity of the final product?
You can’t even burn mixed plastics.
Polystyrenes give off Cyanide gas (The Woolworth’s deaths), whilst PVC produces Hydrochloric acid, which attacks the furnace walls.
 
Before we start attacking the consumer’s, let’s see some action against the Eurocrats paymaster’s.
(witness ED Miliband’s latest overtures to Business leaders)
Instead of re-cyclable let’s have more re-usable.
Milk and pop used to come in glass bottles, which were returnable.
Better, yet, minimise packaging and design it for re-use, or re-cycling.
Ban presentation packs for posh meat cuts and use basic vacuum seal packing, with a simple card insert, bearing the required product details.
Introduce waste disposal units into British homes, as standard, so food waste is dealt with as part of sewage re-cycling.
whatever is done, take away the right of Eurocrats to simply kick those who can’t kick back.
They printed this:
Europe is playing politics with its re-cycling diktat
The re-cycling of plastics is the biggest failure in the EU political sham.
Plastic isn’t just one material.Consider supermarket meat with polystyrene trays, cellophane seals and gummed paper labels.
Are these re-cyclable, except as filler materials, debasing the integrity of the final product?
Instead of re-cyclable let’s have more re-usable ones.
Milk and pop used to come in glass bottles, which were returnable.
Better, yet, minimise packaging and design it for re-use, or re-cycling.
Ban presentation packs for posh meat cuts and use basic vacuum seal packing, with a simple card insert, bearing the required product details.
Introduce waste disposal units into British homes, as standard, so food waste is dealt with as part of sewage re-cycling.
whatever is done, take away the right of Eurocrats to simply kick those who can’t kick back.

Summer at last. Spare a thought for cafe worker’s with insensitive employer’s

July 22, 2013

I was propmpted to send in this letter to the Daily Express, because my wife, who works in a cafe was coming home in a terrible state. She normally wants to cool down in normal weather but in the present situation, she was physically stressed.

I’ve worked for organisations, which respond quickly to conditions which impair employee efficiency and/or health but I’ve also worked for those where employee’s are just numbers and treat them the same way Wilkinsons treats the plants it sells.

I was hoping that the letter would prompt a piece by The Express, which might nudge the bosses of such organisations.

It didn’t work.

Sadly, this splendid weather is being marred by the death’s of people, whose memories of such conditions, have failed to prepare them to enjoy and survive them.
We can cope with such conditions, when abroad, because we are on holiday and have no commitments. Unfortunately, at home, we do have commitments, at work, in travel and in hospital appointments.
Would you print a feature reminding employers that while they may be in air-conditioned offices, with fans on full blst, they may have employee’s and colleagues working in normally very hot conditions.
For instance canteen staff, may be preparing salads but there will be enough customers wanting cooked foods to ensure that canteen workers are often cooking themselves.
Employers in glassworks and hospitals will, probably, already be ensuring ample supplies of water (or orange juice) and salt tablet’s are available but it might not occur to Supermarket Managers, or Bank bosses.
It might also be a good idea if HR departments, especially in large stores, had a supply of refrigerated towels and ice packs available, for vulnerable customers suffering heat stroke.
As a last comment, if I suffer a headache, in hot Sunny conditions, I place my head under cold running water, until I feel the chill.
Sadly, obvious, but, woefully, often forgotten points in these rare conditions.

Name and shame MP’s opposing a referendum

July 22, 2013

I sent this to the Daily Express:

The report, that some MP’s are filibustering the bill to let us have a referendum on the  EU, is depressing.
It’s bad enough that such a referendum would not be possible before 2017; by which time our country would be in such a sad state that we would be beyond caring.
It seems that these politicians only “believe” in Democracy and The Will of The People, every 5 years, when they come begging us to vote them back into a seat on the Parliamentary Gravy Train.
Could you, as a newspaper, make it clear, at the run-up to the next General Election, which MP’s genuinely care about our wishes, by printing the names of all MP’s, who have presented an opposition to a Referendum.
This could be followed up by a list of all candidates, who are in favour of a Democratic vote.
It might help focus the minds of those trying to delay the bill, if their names and pictures were featured now.
 The printed version wasn’t too different:

Focus the minds of MPs trying to foil referendum

IT is depressing to read that some MPs are seemingly filibustering the bill to let us have a referendum on the EU (” `Plotters trying to stall EU vote”‘, July 19).

Labour and Lib Dem MPs have tabled a string of amendments to a private member’s bill in an apparent attempt to stall its progress through Parliament.

It’s bad enough that such a referendum would not be possible before 2017, by which time our country would be in such a sad state that we would be beyond caring.

It seems that these politicians `believe’ in democracy and the will of the people only every five years when they come begging us to vote them back into a seat on the Parliamentary gravy train.

In the run-up to the next general election we need to know which MPs genuinely care about our wishes and which have presented some opposition to a referendum.

It might help focus the minds of those trying to delay the bill if their names and pictures were published.

 

another reason to leave the EU

May 17, 2013
Original to Daily Express
The story about the Student Loans Company having to track down foreign students doesn’t just represent another reason for leaving the E.U., it represents a high degree of incompetence in that organisation and a high level of unfairness towards both UK students and the UK taxpayer. UK students can not default on their loans, because their identities and home addresses are tied down solid in the bureaucracy that binds UK taxpayers. Lacking these ties on foreign students, any reasonable organisation would ensure that loans are only given out to people, who can be equally tied down, through the bureaucratic bonds of their own countries, or by seeking guarantor’s for the loans. I would assume that the parents of UK students are effectively treated as guarantor’s. Having ensured that these defaulter’s could be traced, then the other aspect of EU legislation should be stepping in. The Daily Express has printed stories of UK citizen’s being tried, in their absence, by foreign courts. In some cases, UK  citizens have been incorrectly identified, yet, still, our Police have seized, imprisoned and parcelled them off to these foreign courts for disposition. Why are we owed £50 million, when EU Law is alleged to be reciprocal. British courts should demand that our EU “partners” arrest these miscreants and made to repay these sums. Of course such nastiness could be avoided, if we were allowed a democratic vote on a Brexit.
Printed version
Let’s see tougher rules on loans to foreign students
REVELATIONS about the Student Loans Company having to track down foreign students don’t just highlight another reason for leaving the EU (“Foreign students owe £50m for loans”, May 13).
They also represent a high level of unfairness towards both UK students and the UK taxpayer.
Our students cannot default on their loans because their identities and home addresses are tied down solid in the bureaucracy that binds UK taxpayers.
Lacking these ties on foreign students, any reasonable organisation would ensure that loans are given out only to people who can be equally tied down, through the bureaucratic bonds of their own countries or by seeking guarantors for the loans.
Why are we owed £50million, much of it from EU students, when EU law is supposed to be reciprocal? British courts should demand that our EU `partners’ arrest these miscreants and make them repay these sums.

It seems Europe needs us (to foot the bill)

April 6, 2013
I sent this email to the Daily Express. The version they published is below it:
Perhaps the rant by the President of the European Parliament (how many bosses does Europe have?), Herr Martin Schultz, should cause us some concern.
The suggestion that Britain leaving The E.U. will cause it to collapse, suggests that it is so fragile that it could cease to exist, taking us with it.
It also suggests we are so integral to that existence, that we are sacrificing ourselves to keep it in existence.
I have consistently thought of the E.U. as a millstone hung about our necks, now Herr Schultz is effectively saying the same thing.
Why are we so important?
Is it to do with the recent demand that Britain wake up and realise that running the E.U. is expensive; that David Cameron’s recent attempt to curtail its spending was, allegedly, short-sighted?
Is it the demand that we agree to give The E.U. more money, which we don’t have and which we are already dismantling our Army, Police, N.H.S. etc. to pay for?
Perhaps it’s to do with the rant by the E.U.’s Human Rights Chief, Latvian Nils Muzniek, who is effectively accusing us of race hate.
He wants us to shut up and allow an increased flood of economic migrants into the country and onto our benefits system.
These people would not only relieve the E.U.’s unemployment problems, they could even help supplement the economy of their own country by turning welfare Sterling into worthless Euro’s to be sent back to their own Euro-beggared homelands.
Our home-grown defenders of this influx can’t even claim that Britain needs them to substitute for our own, allegedly, work-shy population.
This lie is, once more, refuted by the numerous “shirkers” queueing outside The Whiteley Shopping Centre.
Surely even the most rabid Capitalist must be satisfied with the true level of unemployment, already being exhibited, as they advertise minimum wage jobs?
How many applicants for each job, do employer’s need, before they feel that Government is creating a suitable job market?
I, for one, am fed up with this abuse by European fat cats, which is made worse by knowing that the leaders of all three main parties want to continue being subservient to these leeches.
I hold no great faith in Dave’s “promise” on a referendum, should he somehow turn around Tory fortunes and regain office.
I doubt strongly that the support being gained by UKIP will turn into sufficient Parliamentary seats to prevent Cameron wriggling out of that promise.
I suggest that those, who are able to, should empty their bank accounts and buy convertible goods in preparation for the inevitable destruction of Britain’s economy by the E.U. and the pauperisation of its populace.
and published:
Europe is so fragile that it needs Britain as a prop
PERHAPS the rant by the president of the European  Parliament, Martin Schulz, should cause us some concern.
The suggestion that if Britain were to leave the EU this would cause it to collapse suggests that it is so fragile that it could cease to exist, taking us with it.
It also suggests we are so integral to that existence that we are sacrificing ourselves to keep it in existence.
I have consistently thought of the EU as a millstone hung about our necks.
Now Mr Schulz is effectively saying the same thing.

@Daily_Express NHS Tourists are a Police problem not an excuse to privatise the NHS.

August 25, 2012

Mr. Pollard rightly condemns NHS tourists but wrongly chides the NHS for having a “free at point of delivery system”.

He implies that the demand to keep this basic element of the NHS is incompatible with preventing these foreigners exploiting our health service.

He calls on our aversion to being ripped off by  foreigners, to agree to destroy the basic concept of The NHS, so that even more greedy foreigners can rip us off.

He wants to have the element that we see in films from America, where a no-nonsense harridan demands proof of identity and pre-signed blank cheque, before her hospital will accept a dying man/woman/child as a patient.

Put another way, he wants us to allow hospitals to take another step towards privatisation on the American system (presumably it’s American companies that will be gifted these NHS hospitals).

His core assumption is false.

You don’t have to have a system of demanding payment upfront (in America you get told to hike up the road to the free Hospital and “don’t spill any blood on our floor”).

Payment and treatment are two distinct and separate issues.

If the State wants payment from these people, have immigration officers take their passports off them and, if necessary have them taken into custody to be charged with fraud.

Shylock should cut out his own pound of flesh, not demand that doctor’s and nurse’s do it for him.

Saved for the Nation. Really? @Daily_Express

July 3, 2012

The Daily Express piece, on the National Trust, begins “tucked away in a remote corner of rural Norfolk sits……Oxburgh Hall”. The article lauds the fact that this building was “Saved for the Nation” and epitomises something that has irked me for some time.

The Nation consists of 60 million people but how many were aware of the existence of Oxburgh Hall, previously?

How many care?

How many will want to visit it?

How many will be allowed to visit it?

Am I, as a member of the Nation, allowed to sleep there?

Would I be allowed to have a tour and, if so would I have to pay more (I assume that I already pay for its upkeep, through taxation)?

Would I be allowed to view it?

Does it have a free car Park, or a regular bus Service?

Just which bit of the Nation has it been saved for?

Apparently we have lots of over-large, high maintenance houses (and they complain about welfare scroungers with five bed houses!!!), which have been “saved for the nation”.

Some have rare “masterpieces”, which have also been “saved for the Nation”.

If you know which “masterpiece” is housed in which private home, you can write a letter to the homeowners asking for an appointment to view it.

Wow!!

So many things are “saved for the nation”.

Winston Churchill’s letter’s, were being sold to some rich American collector, by his grandson, until they were “Saved for the Nation”.

 

His Grandson would rather have the cash but someone decided that we should provide it. Why? Put them on microfiche, or scan them, and flog them.

Our Government is flogging all significant State Assets but not these useless relics.

If Oxburgh Hall was in the centre of a large city, where many could see and visit it, then “S.f.t.n.” could be a valid argument.

If the masterpieces were on show in an Art Gallery in a major Urban centre, to be viewed by those, who might appreciate them (not me, I’m a phillistine)) then “S.f.t.n.” could be a valid argument.

If Churchill’s letter’s were on open display in Chartwell House, where members of The Churchill Society (http://www.churchill-society-london.org.uk/ChrtwlPs.html) could view them, then “S.f.t.n.” could be a valid argument.

I’ve never seen The Crown Jewels but at least they are accessible to view.

I’ve visited Buckingham Palace and can see how the Nation benefits from its upkeep but how on earth can anyone claim that Oxburgh Hall and its ilk have been Saved for the Nation?

@number10gov Harvesting on-the-spot fines to pay for a private police force is an abrogation of political responsibility.

June 15, 2012

The first section, below, is a letter to the Daily Express, in  response to an article on Traveller encampment’s.

In declaring his aversion to vigilantism, your political commentator, Ross Clark, has coincidentally stated a truth about the effect of successive Governments’ refusal to perform their function of protecting the people from criminality.

The phrase that “Nature abhors a vacuum” is a self-evident truth and can be witnessed in the case, which he discusses, involving the exploitation of a lack of adequate law enforcement vis-à-vis Traveller’s.

I’m sure that there are many, who have witnessed cases, where vigilantism has been effective in resolving such problems. My own instance was of the sudden appearance of an encampment on a field, which I passed on my daily commute.

After a few weeks it disappeared, leaving behind the usual piles of detritus and waste.

A few days later the field was surrounded by an earthen rampart, preventing repeat occupation. (most open spaces, in this area, are now surrounded by railings or ramparts, reflecting the siege mentality of local residents).

 Pupils informed me that locals, blaming a coincidental rise in thefts and damage on the Traveller’s, had besieged and stoned the camp, forcing the overnight departure.

This deplorable behaviour, which could have resulted in serious injuries to traveller’s, would have been avoided, if Government functioned as it should.

I did not send this second section as I knew they wouldn’t publish it:

There are Government functions, which can not be privatised.

An increase in offences which will be subject to on-the-spot fines may be a way towards funding private police forces in the leafy suburbs inhabited by Government Ministers.

However, for many inner city locales, where on-the-spot fines would be difficult to harvest, vigilantism and organised crime gangs will move in, as they have done in The States, which is where this political doctrine  (i.e. privatisation,  i.e the selling-off of State functions and assets) has originated.

Version actually printed in Daily Express:

Government needs to act now over travellers issue.                                                                                                              IN declaring his aversion to vigilantism, (“This brave farmer has stood up for the rights of us all”, June 15) your columnist Ross Clalk highlights the fact that successive Governments have refused to take action on the issue of travellers setting up camps without permission. There is no adequate law enforcement against travellers and this resulted in farmer Dave Dawson having to force the travellers off his land himself. My own experience of travellers was of the sudden appearance of an encampment on a field I passed each day. It later disappeared, leaving behind the usual detritus.

@Daily_Express Protestor’s are a consequence of bad governance

May 30, 2012

I agreed with practically all of the sentiments expressed by your Social Commentator, Susi Boniface, on Britain’s relaxed legal response to drug dealer’s.

I was a little concerned about her reference to an under-funded Police Force being kept from dealing with the problem, by having to deal with “Whistle-blowers and protestor’s”.

First; This implies that it is simply a policing problem rather than a problem of Kenneth Clarke cum Prison accommodation.

Second; it seems to imply that “Whistle-blowers and protestor’s” are a cause of the problem rather than a response to and consequence of the bad governance that has allowed this and similar problems to grow and fester.

It may be that I read too much into her statement but it indicates a need for commentator’s to adhere more firmly to their theme, or, if they digress, to be clearer on their implied sentiments.