No Christian charity

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1:26pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

AS A regular reader of this newspaper I have come to note that the very same people who so proudly profess to be devout Christians are the ones most likely to express the most hateful, intolerant views, particularly in relation to the immigration issue.

Disparity in benefits

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1:25pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

I JUST read that an asylum seeker with children is able to claim up to £147.80 per week in support benefits. A friend of mine will shortly be receiving the state pension of £116, for which he has worked and paid taxes and NI contributions for over 44 years, as well as having served in the armed forces.

Blair will be judged

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1:24pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

THE complete farce regarding the Chilcot Inquiry into the British invasion of Iraq under the falsehood of having weapons of mass destruction drags on and on at the expense of the public purse to the tune of ten million pounds. It has now lasted six years.

Tories unfair advantage

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1:23pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

SO, it’s official. It must be so if the former Governor of the Bank of England and the Head of the IMF say so. The financial crisis that engulfed the world from 2008 was just that. Unfortunately, the Conservative Party in this country saw this as an opportunity to inflict electoral damage on the Labour Party which they did to their advantage in 2010 and 2015, even though they knew it was less than the whole truth to call the resulting recession Labour’s which the town MPs were keen to do. But hey, never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Get on bandwagon

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1:23pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

I READ Brian Mattock’s Thursday column with interest as I am looking for something noisy to listen to on Sunday afternoon, and the Wroughton Silver Band should be just the ticket.

Unions lacked power

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1:18pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

AFTER some due consideration on whether to respond to yet another Adver letter from David Collins on more or less the same anti-trade union subject, I have decided to, as he still does not seem to have grasped the point that I was endeavouring to make to him in my original response, considering he is still adamant that the Swindon Railway Works Committee of the early 1970s promised to save his job and those of others.

Event is cause for pride

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1:17pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

CAMPAIGNING and promoting the work of Amnesty International like I have done at a number of Swindon and Wiltshire Pride Events, it always has memorable highlights.

Not very chuffed

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

1:12pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

IT IS often said that only the best is good enough for the Queen and this is no doubt why Her Majesty will be hauled by a steam locomotive as she opens the Borders Railway.

Be sure to hydrate

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

1:11pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

I HAVE recently seen a rise in the number of patients suffering from confusion, hallucinations, dizziness and falls.

Run for good cause

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

1:09pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

THERE is still time to brave the prestigious Bristol Half Marathon to help people living with cancer.

Development query

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

1:09pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

ON AUGUST 4, following a couple of TV media broadcasts with Coun Perkins, I went to the Adver website and looked at their Swindon news slot.

The rich just get richer

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1:08pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

IN ANSWER to my letter, Des Morgan focuses on the wrong question (Adver, August 3). He limits his answer to one small section of the crisis timeline, not the full episode, not the history.

Time travel experience

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

1:07pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

ON MY normal commute heading towards Westfield Way on August 10, I noticed information signs saying it would be closed from August 13-21.

Consider special needs

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

1:06pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

I WAS initially surprised to read the comments from Chris Humphreys (Adver, August 8), concerning the Regent Circus shared crossing.

Roundabout fiasco

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1:03pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

AS USUAL, I approached the Bruce Street roundabout with fear and trepidation, but today took the biscuit. I was at the crossing and on my left was the funniest sight I have seen in years.

Now we're on a roll

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1:03pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

OLD does not mean bored! You may like to see our website, bmpetanque.org.uk, and an account of our impromptu boules event held on July 31 at the National Trust HQ/Outlet Village.

Casino for burglars

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1:02pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

ROLL up, roll up to the burglars' secret casino convention. Not in Las Vegas or even Las Palma. In any area in Great Britain. Swag bags to the side, jemmies beside them.

Grateful to care home

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1:00pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

I CANNOT express how glad my family and I are of the excellent praise and gaining a "Good" by the Care Quality Commission given to the team at Fessey House.

A victory for justice

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

12:59pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

THE news that mesothelioma sufferers contracting the killer disease as a result of negligent employers will not now have to pay thousands of pounds in legal fees to bring a claim is brilliant news for those living with asbestos-related cancers.

Polio fight continues

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12:58pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

AS THE CEO of national charity The British Polio Fellowship, I am delighted to announce that one of the biggest days in the charity’s year, PPS Day is to be hosted by the prestigious National Assembly For Wales.

They're not scroungers

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

12:57pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

HE IS just an ordinary man, married and with two young children. An ordinary man similar to most of the others in the village where he lives.

It's too soon for praise

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

12:56pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

ONCE again I am afraid I have to take issue with the comments by Justin Tomlinson in your paper regarding the town’s University Technical College.

Represent everyone

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12:42pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

I WOULD like to correct a misunderstanding held by Allan Woodham about the Single Transferable Vote (STV) system of voting (Adver letters, August 8).

Support milk farmers

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

12:41pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

THE Common Agricultural Policy of the EU has created a crisis for British milk farmers.

Not all in same boat

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

12:40pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

DES MORGAN focuses on the bit which suits him, ie ‘115 years ago’ (Adver letters, August 10). Look at history Des, unions were not allowed by the ruling elite. Workers were looking for their freedom well before 1900!

We're backing Corbyn

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

12:39pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

THIS Labour leadership campaign has brought into sharp focus the broad church that is our movement. It is a leadership contest that will define our future but also give us the opportunity to redefine our journey and commit to core values that we hold dear.

Create market at site

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12:38pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

I’VE got an idea for the Council while they drag their feet over if and when they finally start to build the snow dome near the Oasis. Why don’t they clear the old Clare’s site where it’s going to be built and use it for an open air market on a Wednesday and at weekends?

Right man for the job

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12:37pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

WHEN I read reports in sections of the media that Labour Party leader candidate Jeremy Corbyn’s views are old fashioned and out of touch with the public, I ask what kind of society do we live in?

Charity begins at home

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12:35pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

IN REPLY to the letter from Martin Webb, the picture of the child being passed over the fence at Calais was shocking and the baby’s parents should think good and hard if this is how they think this child should be brought up.

Counting cost of Games

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12:34pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

THE London Olympics in 2012 were a waste of taxpayers’ money. The final cost was about £9 billion and that was a massive amount of money to waste for a poor country like Britain.

Remember all war dead

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12:33pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

I DO applaud people around the world who remember the 6th and 9th August 1945.

Step under tree and back in time

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12:28pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

WHILST walking around Coate on a wonderful Sunday morning I thought I should take a picture of Swindon’s most famous tree and share it with your readers.

A lesson from history

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12:27pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

SUNAO Tsuboi is a surviving gentleman of the horror of Hiroshima’s atomic bomb in 1945. He says it was like “living hell on earth”. This week marks the 70th anniversary of that horror day in Japan where 140,000 civilians lost their lives instantly! ‘Swindon Stop the War’ remembers the people who were killed on that day.

Union cost us our jobs

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12:25pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

I AM glad Mr Woodward replied to my recent letter. However, whatever he says, the unions did indeed promise to save Swindon Rail Works. And I am sure there are many other people who remember this.

Not dehumanising at all

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

12:23pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

I SEE Mr Martin Webb is on his high horse once again, this time about the use of “derogatory language” in relation to the migrant situation in Calais.

Unfulfilled promises

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12:23pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

I AM, as many will attest, an avid reader of the Swindon Advertiser, especially the weekly columns allocated to our two MPs and the leader of the council; I also enjoy my friend Graham Carter’s Monday column as he attempts to inject some much needed irony into our daily literary diets. While reading Justin Tomlinson’s column (Adver, August 7) I spluttered into my Rice Krispies when reading his statement: “The message is clear – our border is secure and there is no easy way into the UK.”

Proof of some freedoms

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

12:21pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

QUAINT graffiti such as the antique 60-year-old No Nazi Army is testament to our brave forebears, who stopped the German Hun from slaughtering thee and me (Adver letters, July 13).

Take care of the elderly

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12:20pm Wednesday 26th August 2015

IN RESPONSE to the article Tips to Stay Young, (Adver, July 23), I fully support the well established theory that to stimulate the mind is the key factor to a fulfilling life in our later years.

No warm welcome here

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:44am Wednesday 26th August 2015

One weekend, I thought I would pitch my trailer tent, with all my grandchildren, on the rugby pitches at Greenbridge.

Save your grief

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:43am Wednesday 26th August 2015

I FULLY understand how Cilla Black was admired; she was a natural entertainer, good at her job.

Benefit cuts pointless

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:42am Wednesday 26th August 2015

JUSTIN Tomlinson (Adver letters, August 7) says that changes to Britain’s benefit system will put a stop to the problems at Calais.

Industry is the answer

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:41am Wednesday 26th August 2015

OH HOW I agree with Steve Halden in Tuesday’s Adver (letters, August 4).

Don't shut the door

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:38am Wednesday 26th August 2015

HAVE we become so horrible as a nation, so lacking in humanity as a people that we care not for our brother humans?

What I said was...

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:04am Wednesday 26th August 2015

THANK you for printing my letter recently, but there were two things wrong in it, probably because of typing errors. The first was that the promotion game against Scunthorpe was at home. The worst mistake was that Mr Power had the interest of the supporters at heart – I said he has not got the interest of supporters at heart.

Nurses must not pay

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:03am Wednesday 26th August 2015

I WAS disgusted to read car parking for nurses and all medical staff is to rise from £1 to £1.50 a day at the hospital.

Not really so green

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:02am Wednesday 26th August 2015

“MANKIND must go green or die,” declared Prince Charles a few years ago.

BBC's £600m debt

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

10:01am Wednesday 26th August 2015

YOU recently carried a letter about the Tory Government-inspired attack on the BBC.

Here are my views

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

9:53am Wednesday 26th August 2015

MIKE Spry (Adver letters, August 6) carefully avoids having to acknowledge the fact that Gordon Brown indulged the financial sector by encouraging them to take ‘even more risk’ or by putting in place a ‘light touch’ form of regulation, which ultimately proved to be no regulation whatsoever.

Thank you NHS staff

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:01am Tuesday 25th August 2015

AFTER making an unscheduled descent while hanging curtains which resulted in a broken ankle, I would like to thank ambulance staff, nurses and doctors in A&E and Aldbourne Ward for their care and attention.

If you need help, ask

This Is Wiltshire: Partyocracy rules

11:00am Tuesday 25th August 2015

I HAVE read with interest the many letters regarding the Regent Circus shared crossing and how it is of great concern to the blind or visually-impaired. I have never seen any problems with the crossing and use it myself regularly.








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