Waves of royal wealth

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

9:09am Thursday 23rd July 2015

RE THE Queen and that photo. It’s simple really. She was waving at the Nazi Party and they were waving back at her.

Bailouts add to debt

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

9:09am Thursday 23rd July 2015

GREECE will default on its EU debt mountain because membership of the European Union has destroyed most of Greece’s industrial base, and the Germans know this only too well.

And the rich get richer

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9:08am Thursday 23rd July 2015

JOHN Lister is obviously right to say economic growth is necessary to “fund the deficit”. The rest of his letter, apparently replying to Messrs Webb is woefully wrong.

Doubts over new test

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9:07am Thursday 23rd July 2015

JUSTIN Tomlinson’s desire to stamp out illiteracy is very commendable. However, the actions he speaks about in order to achieve this are questionable. I am intrigued to know how he thinks introducing tests in spelling, punctuation and grammar will help those that cannot read and write. I am an educator with several years of experience and I have come across two acute cases where children were unable to read the simplest words. This was not however due to poor teaching or lack of care in any way by the school they attended.

Price of calling directory

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9:06am Thursday 23rd July 2015

EUROPEAN Union laws have increased the cost of directory enquiries to around £5 per minute.

What's in a name

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9:06am Thursday 23rd July 2015

I AM sure I am not alone in abhorring the insensitivity of the choice of name of Swindon’s newest nightclub, Medina.

Golf course profits

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9:05am Thursday 23rd July 2015

I AM sure Twigmarket has done its homework in coming to the decision to build a hotel on the Broome Manor Golf Complex site, and I wish them all the very best in their endeavours (Adver, July 21). However, I do take issue with their statement that the golf course was losing money which was why they were handed a long lease by Swindon Borough Council.

Hands off the BBC

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5:47pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015

I DO believe that all citizens, irrespective of their political persuasion, expect the government of the day to act in a grown up manner and maintain a sense of equality in its treatment of people. However, I am not sure this is true today as we witness such childish, vindictive and partisan behaviour from the Tory administration. Even Mrs Thatcher, for all the errors she made, drew the line that today’s "sons of Thatcher" have gone beyond.

Heading for conference

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5:44pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015

I FEEL I must write regarding Swindon Town. They remain a team I adore and have watched from an early age and have always fascinated me.

Take your medicine

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

5:43pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015

I WAS confused by the letter from Ms Jenny Crawford, Christie Close, July 18. She may be correct when she accuses Swindon Borough Council of not completing certain works but I fail to see what that has to do with her getting a parking ticket.

We are not Europeans

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5:42pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015

WHEN I was very young, many moons ago, the accepted attitude to the two main parties of Labour and Tory was Labour was for the working lower classes and Tory for the rich and higher classes.

Lack of bus services

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

5:41pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015

MRS P LAWTON has highlighted the very problem I was discussing with my 93-year-old father-in-law. He also wanted to go into the town centre with his friend and visit the Regent Circus development. Living in Haydon Wick there is no longer a service which allows this to happen.

Broken Tory promise

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

5:40pm Wednesday 22nd July 2015

POLITICIANS of every hue ask the electorate to trust them, often making much of their own personal integrity.

Cash for guide dogs

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

12:13pm Tuesday 21st July 2015

SWINDON Guide Dogs for the Blind held a collection at Tesco, Ocotal Way, Swindon on Friday, July 17 and through the generosity of the Tesco customers we raised £465.73p which will help to support one of our guide dog partnerships in the Swindon area for 93 days as it costs £5 a day to support a partnership.

Royal scroungers

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

12:12pm Tuesday 21st July 2015

RE THE Londoner whom Prince Philip asked “Who do you sponge off?” should have answered “The same people as you.”

Abused on my bike

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

12:11pm Tuesday 21st July 2015

PERHAPS the vocal gentleman in the rear passenger seat of the car that passed me around 4.40pm on the A3102 Wootton Bassett Road on Thursday, July 16 and who called me a 'pervert' would like to know that the absence of a crossbar on my bicycle was as a result of my inability to ride a bicycle in the conformable male configuration; it being an electric bicycle of an upright design which accommodates my muscular disease.

Why is deficit so high?

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

12:09pm Tuesday 21st July 2015

WHERE has all the money gone? The British voters might reasonably ask why the budget deficit in Britain is double the euro zone average.

Warnings on austerity

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12:08pm Tuesday 21st July 2015

REGARDING CASH under mattress of July 18 from K Oakley, one would do well to take note of his letter and its chilling contents.

Beware of bag thieves

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:11am Tuesday 21st July 2015

I HAD a bad health diagnosis in April and thought I might get some peace and clarity of thought so on the Sunday morning of April 19 I set off to Avebury and arrived at 8am with not one car in the car park.

The politics of envy

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11:31am Monday 20th July 2015

RE Royals are not working, Monday, July 13. The politics of envy and a sense of entitlement make a heady mix, Jeffrey.

Lords are cashing in

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:30am Monday 20th July 2015

IN his recent letter, Mr Hayward mentions the House of Lords having quite a numerous assembly, all receiving £300 per day to attend its sessions in these times of austerity.

Where are the buses?

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:29am Monday 20th July 2015

RE the article from Paul Jenkins on the state of Thamesdown Transport of July 11.

Control your dogs

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:28am Monday 20th July 2015

WOULD people with out of control dogs please keep them on a lead. People are too scared to go to the green via Cricklade Road with their dogs and the people responsible don’t even have the decency to call their dogs off if they attack.

Up defence spending

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11:27am Monday 20th July 2015

READERS, please support a petition to get the United Kingdom Government to increase defence spending to provide more planes, helicopters, ships, submarines and manpower.

More wartime heroes

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11:26am Monday 20th July 2015

AS a follow-up to your article about Squadron Leader Harold Starr, I just thought we might pay tribute to another adopted Swindonian of the RAF, Group Captain Rhys Henry Thomas. I believe he was originally from Southampton but the family moved to Swindon due to work commitments. The family home was at 101 Dean Street, originally the Thomas’s home. Grp Capt Thomas joined the RAF in 1938 and became a pilot flying fighters. At the start of the war he was promoted to Squadron Leader of 129 Squadron and went on to serve in many other squadrons, including 66, 92, 266 and became one of the senior officers on the 2nd Tactical Air Force. He was awarded the DFC in May 1942 followed by the DSO in September 1942. He was promoted to Wing Commander of Leigh Mallory`s Big Wing operating out of Tangmere.

Thanks for our funds

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11:25am Monday 20th July 2015

THANKS to Mr and Mrs Davies for such a lovely letter in today’s Advertiser. The members and staff at Open Door want to thank everyone who took part, and all those who helped and supported us on Sunday. We raised over £830 which brings our 30th anniversary fundraising total to £11,480. Special thanks to Lynette Corengia who co-ordinated the event and Carol Gibbon our fundraising ambassador who kept things running smoothly. We were delighted that everyone seemed to enjoy the day, in spite of the rain, and if we can get enough support we hope to do it all again next year.

How to fund the deficit

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11:20am Monday 20th July 2015

SO how do Messrs Webb (SA, 15 July) intend to fund the deficit? A combination of savings, increased taxable income and economic growth is surely the only way forward – even for Greece.

It's a very long journey

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11:18am Monday 20th July 2015

ONCE again the Adver has managed to bring a smile to my face (and probably some others) with the ad on page 5 of Saturday’s paper for the Cathedrals Express.

Politicians not victims

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11:17am Monday 20th July 2015

COUNCILLOR David Renard suggests that he and his colleagues are victims of their simple desire to get things done – how else would one interpret his opening misquote.

Mobility scooter rules

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11:11am Monday 20th July 2015

VERY little, if any, information is given when purchasing a mobility scooter but they are covered by The Highway Code, Rules 36 - 46.

Parking tickets

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:10am Monday 20th July 2015

WHAT is the council spending our money on? Recently my daughter was performing at the Little Big Festival at the Old Town Bowl. With parking very limited and with little time to get there, I parked in Quarry Road (which I have done on previous occasions).

Digital City's debt

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11:08am Monday 20th July 2015

I AM indebted to R J Taylor of Highworth (SA 15 July) who raises the issue of the repayment of the £400k Council tax payers’ loan made to Rikki Hunt’s Digital City.

Meaningless rhetoric

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:07am Monday 20th July 2015

RE JUSTIN Tomlinson’s article of 10 July, how little has changed down the years!

Let democracy rule

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:06am Monday 20th July 2015

WHAT is democracy? The Greeks, whose country cradled the concept, must now be very confused about that matter, especially so, because their country was relatively recently occupied by the Nazi army of what is now the most powerful voice in the EU.

Fields lost for good

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:05am Monday 20th July 2015

IN BETWEEN catching up on the fine weather jobs, I have been reading a book, The Death Of A Town.

Cash under mattress

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:04am Monday 20th July 2015

THE New World Order wants us to move to a cashless society. They say it would be better for us.

Uplifting surprise

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10:25am Monday 20th July 2015

READING through today’s Advertiser gave my family and I a wonderfully uplifting and lovely surprise.

Radiotherapy unit

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:15am Monday 20th July 2015

MP Robert Buckland makes some interesting points in his column of July 15 – three in particular caught my attention.

Faceless lotto bosses

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:14am Monday 20th July 2015

SO, the faceless bosses at Camelot want Mr and Mrs Citizen to try and win on 59 numbers now and not 49.

Venomous response

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:13am Monday 20th July 2015

RE: Thanks be to God from Jane Le Coyte of 6 July. She writes: ‘I am surprised by the detailed knowledge that J Adams professes to have about homosexuals and their practices. This is clearly a deep and enduring interest.’ She gave exactly the same venomous response verbatim to two other letters of mine on a similar theme a few years ago and it’s starting to wear thin. In one of the letters during that period she accused me of being a homophobic bigot and in this latest one, cowardly hints of being a covert homosexual.

No limits in sport

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9:53am Monday 20th July 2015

AS the CEO of national charity The British Polio Fellowship, I was delighted to discover the All England Club has announced that Wimbledon will now feature a wheelchair tennis singles event for men and women, from 2016.

Ruthless fundraisers

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

9:51am Monday 20th July 2015

IT is with a great measure of sadness to read in the national press on July 7 the extent to which appalling inhuman methods of training fundraisers has long been acceptable.

Simple stroke advice

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

9:50am Monday 20th July 2015

SUFFERING a stroke must be one of the worst things that can befall any beloved family member, whilst at the same time being traumatic for the rest of the family, as it is totally unpredictable as to whether the person concerned will make a full recovery.

Welsh success

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:47am Thursday 16th July 2015

QUELLE surprise! Welshman Mark Sampson leads England to third place in the Women’s Football World Cup. Mark must surely be named Coach of the Year in Sports Personality 2015. England, resplendent in Welsh red, beat eight-time European champions Germany for the first time ever in 21 matches. England beat Norway, then the hosts Canada, before coming unstuck against Japan. After the Hammer Horror last minute own goal catastrophe England proved their mettle by battling to beat Germany. In essence this was as good as winning the World Cup!

Don't be distracted

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:45am Thursday 16th July 2015

THE difficulties in the Middle East and the debt issues in Greece seem to overshadow events closer to home. Also with any government winning a second term in office, one could almost be forgiven if local happenings failed to get on the radar.

Bowled over

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:45am Thursday 16th July 2015

CONGRATULATIONS to Open Door for their inspired and inspiring idea to invite local choirs to help celebrate 30 years of their work with adults with learning difficulties. Seventeen choirs braved the showers to perform in the Town Gardens Bowl. The programme started at 2.15pm and finished around 9pm. Some hardy music lovers stayed throughout and heard a great selection of choral music. Be good to hear that lots of funds were raised too.

Housing concerns

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:44am Thursday 16th July 2015

CONGRATULATIONS are due to the coalition of faith groups, trade unions and community activists who have successfully created a consensus that has persuaded George Osbourne to introduce a living wage. The argument that low pay equates to low productivity and is bad for individuals and the economy alike, is now accepted by all major political parties. We now need to ensure that the rates match those of a genuine living wage, in particular the cuts announced on Wednesday in tax credits undermine the principle of the living wage. There is a growing awareness that cuts of up to £50 a week in tax credits due from April next year will do little to help working families cope with ongoing financial pressures.

Thanks to the medics

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:33am Wednesday 15th July 2015

CAN I thank all the doctors and staff at the GWH, where I have just spent the week?

Staff browbeaten

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:32am Wednesday 15th July 2015

YOUR article “Summer holiday reading dip averted by Macarena” reminded me of my shock at witnessing what I took to be the library’s manager browbeating unwilling staff into participation in this flash mob.

MP talking claptrap

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:30am Wednesday 15th July 2015

WE’RE used to Swindon North MP Justin Tomlinson talking claptrap, but his most recent column of July 10 he managed to exceed himself by talking more claptrap than usual.








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