10:19am Wednesday 27th May 2015
REGARDLESS of the result of the play-off final, thank you for the excellent coverage of the end of season games and the build-up to the big day. Congratulations to your sports team. The fans and your readers really appreciate the Adver’s support of the manager and the team. A pity Mr Powers doesn’t. What is he afraid of?
10:18am Wednesday 27th May 2015
TO READ the polemic from Jeff Adams (Adver, May 22) one could be forgiven for thinking the ‘persecution’ of the disabled was a trait reserved for the Conservatives. According to Mr Adams it was the nasty Conservatives who closed down the Remploy factories which provided work for the disabled. He carefully omits to write that it was a Labour government which initiated the closure of the first 42 factories in 2007; after much campaigning against the measure, the Labour minister reduced the number of closures to 29 factories.
10:17am Wednesday 27th May 2015
IN ONE of his first triumphal speeches after winning the general election, Cameron made it clear that it is his belief that his Conservative Party now represents the workers of the country, and that the Labour Party no longer does.
10:15am Wednesday 27th May 2015
IN YOUR report about Parking ‘Hot Spots’ (Adver, May 22), I thought it interesting to note the police van parked within the double yellow lines in Henry Street, thereby causing problems with people with children in ‘buggies’ and the disabled on their mobility scooters that forces people out into the road to pass!
1:58pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
I AM A lifelong pet owner and animal lover, of all creatures great and small. Some people in Covingham may say, dog lover extraordinaire. I buy a packet of dog biscuits every week, to feed my fellow dog walkers’ pets savoury treats. Some dogs sense my presence from 300 yards. Apologies to their owners’ arm joints, if their pets are on a leash.
1:57pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
1:56pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
318,000 is the net figure for people that migrated to Britain during the year 2014. These people came to Britain legally to live and work in Britain. This is nothing to do with illegal migrants. The net migration figure does not include any people that are here illegally. For this reason, cracking down on people that are working illegally will make no difference to the net migration figures.
1:55pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
WE LEARNED on TV today that an EU immigrant working in this country, with two children living elsewhere, could receive about £700 per month in family tax credits. Presumably this is if he is unfortunate enough to be earning only the statutory minimum wage. Mr Cameron has pledged to get this entitlement rescinded before he puts the in/out EU referendum to the electorate.
1:54pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
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1:41pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
I ATTENDED the presentation by Network Rail in Wootton Bassett on Wednesday, May 20, which outlined the road closures and the work due to be initiated on the Skew Bridges and the Marlborough Road Bridge to allow for the electrification process to be carried out.
1:35pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
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1:28pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
OVER the past few days I have heard more bad reports on the TV and in the papers about the lady in Bristol who may have taken her own life because she was being hounded by charities calling and mailing her, because at some stage she had not one, but 27 direct debits coming out of her bank account for various amounts to various charities.
1:27pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
1:12pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
I WONDER how many SA readers, like me, were disappointed with the lack of coverage on the recent general and local elections. Yes, there were plenty of reports and pictures of the happy and jubilant Tories, likewise with the dejected looking Labour Party, but where was a full comprehensive round up of the general election results for South and North Swindon?
1:07pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
JUSTIN Tomlinson’s article of 15 May, re his new ministerial role as the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Disabled People, normally one would congratulate him, but such days of political naivety have long gone.
1:06pm Tuesday 26th May 2015
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11:47am Thursday 21st May 2015
ON SATURDAY, when travelling to Cherhill Cricket Club for the Calne v Wanborough Match, my Austin 7 Countryman Mark 1 Mini estate (55 years old on August 11) developed fuel pump problems. As result the last eight miles of the journey took three with Woodie (as she is known) creeping along in first gear at about three mph.
11:46am Thursday 21st May 2015
HIGHWORTH and District Branch of the RNLI have received the sum of £117.50 as a donation in memory of Mrs Pam DeFrates who along with her late husband was a staunch supporter of the RNLI, and will be sadly missed.
11:45am Thursday 21st May 2015
THE Tory win was a shock to the system, certainly to my system! But, we must remember that only one in four registered voters actually voted for the winners. It is also clear that winners under our ‘first past the post’ system will never make sensible changes.
11:43am Thursday 21st May 2015
I HAVE just watched the BBC news reporting on a study issued by a body representing British Wildlife. This study showed that in the last five years we have lost 80 per cent of our river wildlife, this includes the near extinction of water voles, rates, fish and other river life including plant wildlife and habitat. They quote two main reasons for this disaster.
11:41am Thursday 21st May 2015
THE General Election having been concluded, how long before the Government starts to interfere with the makeup of the Parliamentary system with new appointments to the House of Lords, an Upper Chamber already over populated with rejected and retired politicians all enjoying tax free allowances of £300 per day to supplement their generous pensions?
11:40am Thursday 21st May 2015
HAVING being brought up a loyal subject of her majesty the Queen and retaining that respect all through my life, I must admit I was a bit concerned about The Guardian’s vigorous campaign to let the world see the letters sent to government ministers by Prince Charles. Let’s face it, how many of us would be happy facing such public intrusion into our mail?
11:39am Thursday 21st May 2015
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11:37am Thursday 21st May 2015
NOW that our Mayor Teresa Page is nearing the end of her term of office I would like to pay tribute and also sincerely thank her for her tireless commitment to her mayoral duties during the past year.
11:30am Thursday 21st May 2015
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11:27am Thursday 21st May 2015
ON THE evening of Monday, May 11, I went to the Swindon Arts Centre where, as part of the Swindon Festival of Literature, Peter Tatchell the LGBT and Human Rights activist, spoke in length about the fact that he was born into a strong Christian household, but is now a humanist.
11:26am Thursday 21st May 2015
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11:18am Thursday 21st May 2015
MAY I thank everyone who helped me when I had a nasty fall in Sainsbury’s car park at Bridge Mead on Monday, April 20, especially Linda Day who phoned the ambulance and Sainsbury’s first aid staff Karen and Tamzin. These ladies names were given to me later after I spent 27 hours at the hospital.
11:15am Thursday 21st May 2015
I SOMETIMES do not believe what I read. I have no sympathy with people who dabble in drugs. It causes so much misery and for a couple of drug dealers to be fined £1 each in Swindon is a bit of a joke.
11:14am Thursday 21st May 2015
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