Island dreaming

This Is Wiltshire:

9:53am Thursday 18th December 2014

Neil Mercer’s letter accurately disposes of HG Smith’s contention that UKIP has fresh ideas, pointing out that it is run by millionaires for the benefit of millionaires.

No care for centres

This Is Wiltshire:

9:52am Thursday 18th December 2014

Over the past few weeks and even months there has been a lot of hand wringing in the council offices.

Limp Christmas

This Is Wiltshire:

9:42am Thursday 18th December 2014

I went to Gloucester Quays Christmas Market on Sunday with a coach trip.

Put quality first

This Is Wiltshire:

9:41am Thursday 18th December 2014

I am responding with very deep concern to a column in the Daily Mail on November 27.

Choose or spoil

This Is Wiltshire:

9:41am Thursday 18th December 2014

Guy Green advocates not voting in the next election because all politicians are dishonest (Letters, December 16). Perhaps that is a case for not voting for “professional politicians”, but not all candidates can be tarred with this brush.

The Green alternative

This Is Wiltshire:

9:48am Wednesday 17th December 2014

I have written in the past about inaccuracies by the UKIP supporters, that I have considered deliberate.

Breast feed in private

This Is Wiltshire:

9:47am Wednesday 17th December 2014

So we have one female go into a well known High Street store to feed her baby (breastfeed).

The TTiping point

This Is Wiltshire:

9:46am Wednesday 17th December 2014

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is the name given to the new trade agreement being negotiated between the EU and the USA.

Love your enemies

This Is Wiltshire:

9:44am Wednesday 17th December 2014

As we all carry on regardless, let us ponder on our heritage as we approach our annual festival of Christmas.

Parking cash cow

This Is Wiltshire:

9:42am Wednesday 17th December 2014

Local councillors recently said the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government was out of touch in accusing Swindon Borough Council of pocketing too much money over parking charges.

Withdraw your vote

This Is Wiltshire:

1:41pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

Des Morgan is absolutely correct in describing many politicians as snake oil salesman and his letter exemplified why I argue against voting in the next election.

Tune in to road chaos

This Is Wiltshire:

1:40pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

Every evening from Monday to Friday at 4.40pm on Radio Wiltshire we get the same travel news. “Serious congestion on the A420 from Shrivenham to the A419 roundabout by Sainsbury’s.”

Abuse of tax system

This Is Wiltshire:

1:39pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

As you get out of bed on these cold and frosty mornings, regardless of your circumstances to keep a roof over your head and feed your family, then at the end of the week or month depending on your pay sequence, look at the deductions you think are necessary to help people in more need than you.

Just right wing Tories

This Is Wiltshire:

1:38pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

HG Smith (SA December 25) describes UKIP as a new party with new, fresh ideas.

Killing off the NHS

This Is Wiltshire:

1:37pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

This week we had what could be described as a near miss which, had it happened, would have had profound consequences for us all.

Is there any justice at all?

This Is Wiltshire:

1:26pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

WHAT a horrible place Swindon has become when a couple of pensioners can be beaten up by four robbers in their own home.

Season of goodwill

This Is Wiltshire:

1:25pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

CAN we never be happy? This, of all times of the year, is supposed to be the season of goodwill.

Show us the money

This Is Wiltshire:

1:24pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

COUNCIL tax payers should make sure we follow the money now that Swindon Skips and Averies are to close.

Striking won't help

This Is Wiltshire:

1:23pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

POLICE have had enough. That’s what it said in the Swindon Advertiser the other day in a story about them going on strike.

Burglar gag is wrong

This Is Wiltshire:

1:21pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

BARRIE Hudson’s so-called joke about killing burglars and drug dealers and putting them under flower beds in his column was disgraceful.

Such heartfelt thanks

This Is Wiltshire:

1:19pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

Swindon Guide Dogs for the Blind would like to thank everyone who supported our charity during 2014.

No place for politics

This Is Wiltshire:

1:18pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

Shame on Justin Tomlinson for turning the very important issue of the need for foodbanks into a chance for political point scoring (Swindon Advertiser, December 8).

Praise for food banks

This Is Wiltshire:

1:17pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

FOOD banks have become a necessary part of our unequal society.

Picking on vulnerable

This Is Wiltshire:

1:16pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

I could not agree more with my neighbour R Elliot’s letter regarding foreign aid going to the NHS (SA, December 8).

Are you being fair?

This Is Wiltshire:

1:15pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

In response to Kevlin Legg’s legitimate enquiry (SA, December 11), would it be too unfair to blame a three-year-old in a pram?

Hold them to account

This Is Wiltshire:

1:14pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

A recent TV documentary described the calamity which befell American and British forces during a D-Day rehearsal at Slapton Sands. This tragic episode begs the question, were there any ‘top brass’ ever called to account for their gross incompetence?

Let us stay an island

This Is Wiltshire:

1:14pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

In six months’ time the public citizens of this island race will be subject to the usual lies, half truths and fantasy of the so-called intelligence of the political parties, with one exception – the arrival of the UKIP.

SBC and parking

This Is Wiltshire:

1:13pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

IT’S difficult to decide on an appropriate reaction to Swindon Borough Council raking in nearly £2.5m from parking.

Deadly fake snow

This Is Wiltshire:

1:05pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

As General Manager of the UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) I would like to share a shocking fact that is widely known within our industry, but one which many of your readers will surely be unaware of.

Guide dog gratitude

This Is Wiltshire:

1:04pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

Swindon Guide Dogs for the Blind would like to thank everyone who supported our charity during 2014.

Nasty party in action

This Is Wiltshire:

1:03pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

How right the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, was to rail against the present coalition government which has forced many ordinary families up and down the land to be reliant upon a new manifestation of the 21st century known as the foodbank.

Snake oil salesmen

This Is Wiltshire:

1:02pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

Politicians of all hues wonder why the general population treat them with contempt. Perhaps it is simply because they really are snake oil salesmen who promise much but deliver little.

Spread winter warmth

This Is Wiltshire:

12:59pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

s we enter the festive season, I would like to take this opportunity to call on the people of the South West to spare a thought for those in our community living with the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) and support our Winter Warmth campaign.

Taxation not charity

This Is Wiltshire:

12:57pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

My friend Steve Thompson makes a number of interesting points regarding foreign aid and in particular he gives an erudite explanation of the word charity which indeed does mean much more than simply donating money to a worthwhile cause (SA December 11) .

Festive food madness

This Is Wiltshire:

12:56pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

Why on earth are food shops open on Boxing Day and New Years Day? The food people buy leading up to Christmas is madness with enough food purchased to feed armies.

You could do Worzel

This Is Wiltshire:

12:55pm Tuesday 16th December 2014

With no intention of disparaging UKIP and Nigel Farage, but if Worzel Gummidge was leader of that party, its following would be just as ardent.

Help to catch these cowards

This Is Wiltshire:

9:40am Thursday 11th December 2014

I was disgusted to read about the elderly couple in their 70s who were brutally attacked in their own home.

Living in Hope

This Is Wiltshire:

9:39am Thursday 11th December 2014

Re Bill Williams’ letter of 8 December, “It could be a big surprise”, he was quoting the famous comedian Bob Hope.

Don't forget them

This Is Wiltshire:

9:38am Thursday 11th December 2014

For many forces families, this Christmas will be extra special. Last month saw the end of British combat operations in Afghanistan. 140,000 UK troops have served there, and the final few are currently on their way home to be reunited with friends and family for the festive season.

Hungry child shame

This Is Wiltshire:

9:37am Thursday 11th December 2014

On the BBC Radio 4 Today programme I heard something that made me very angry.

How uncharitable to deny foreign aid

This Is Wiltshire:

9:36am Thursday 11th December 2014

In the last two days, you have published letters opposing foreign aid and both correspondents have tried to justify their opposition by quoting the saying, ‘charity begins at home’.

No to a ground war

This Is Wiltshire:

9:35am Thursday 11th December 2014

Anti-war voices have warned since the start of the Iraq operation that the bombing campaign – disastrous in itself – will morph into western involvement in a ground war.

Is cyclist responsible?

This Is Wiltshire:

9:34am Thursday 11th December 2014

s it possible to get a straight answer to a simple question? Given the debacle of the Jury’s Inn junction, the dangerous junction of Station Road and Wellington Street, and of course the Regent Circus free-for-all, in addition to all the simultaneous road works in the town, is the person responsible for this a 23-year-old post graduate who rides a bike?

Plan to end road chaos

This Is Wiltshire:

9:31am Thursday 11th December 2014

The current road chaos in Swindon is concerning. Over recent weeks, we have all had to endure gridlock as a result of major road works across the town, including at Bruce Street Bridges, Cricklade Road and Stratton Bridge. The major cause has been a lack of co-ordination and phasing of the roadworks by Swindon’s Council, who have failed to realise that undertaking these major works at the same time would cause gridlock on our roads.

Smug rail rip-off

This Is Wiltshire:

9:22am Wednesday 10th December 2014

You reported that the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) was satisfied that the forthcoming increase in rail fares was acceptable (December 6). Smugly self-satisfied, it seems.

Heartless bureaucrats

This Is Wiltshire:

9:20am Wednesday 10th December 2014

I read recently of an ex-soldier who had come upon hard times. I forget which part of the country he lives. He had gone through divorce, etc and had become homeless. He was in fact on a downward spiral, which could happen to anyone.

Counting the cost

This Is Wiltshire:

9:19am Wednesday 10th December 2014

I feel sure many people will be scratching their heads at the announcement from the Civic Offices that an independent study on the proposal to extend Thamesdown Drive has concluded it is not justifiable in terms of its cost benefit.

Make best of the post

This Is Wiltshire:

1:15pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

As Christmas approaches, Royal Mail research suggests over 20 per cent of us leave our online Christmas shopping until December before getting started.

Charity starts at home

This Is Wiltshire:

1:14pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

David Cameron wants to give away lots more of our hard earned money in foreign aid. Running a country is like running a household – you have to learn to live within your means.

Modern Don Quixote

This Is Wiltshire:

1:13pm Tuesday 9th December 2014

Bill Williams is too modest. His entertaining but misguided attack on wind turbines, recycling the mistaken belief that they are dangerous monsters, was worthy of Don Quixote.








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