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Blame the fat cats

Apart from his meaningless and plain wrong comments about Jeremy Corbyn, Bill Williams is onto something in his latest letter.

He outlines a few of the pro fat cat policies of the Government concluding it isn’t surprising that so many people are deciding to vote for Corbyn. Even leading Tory politicians and their “think tanks” have noticed that increasing numbers are sick of their austerity policies.

Austerity of course was always about shifting wealth from the vast majority into the pockets of the very rich. Now Theresa May has declared austerity over, even though the squeeze on workers will continue and public services will continue to crumble and be privatised.

May will allow councils to borrow for housing although what change this will make when councils already carry huge debts remains to be seen.

So Jacob Rees-Mogg, not otherwise known for his perception on anything, worries out loud about the popularity of Labour’s policies, when people get to see what they are through the fog of the Tory press.

The Tories will attempt to divert people’s anger, blaming immigrants for social problems they have nothing to do with, but the weakness of the Government indicates that now would be a great time to relearn the lessons of history and organise to fight back collectively in defence of wages, pensions, and services.

Peter Smith, Woodside Avenue, Swindon

Taking umbrage

Oh dear, I’ve upset Don, or maybe his daughter. Did my comments on Labour’s immigration policy or PFI funding upset the candidates then?

During the Blair\Brown heydays, they discovered that if they did the hospital refurb programme by PFI, then it wouldn’t be shown as a debt, and so they went full speed with it.

Firms like Carillion were given contracts that were not only for the refurb but also for the maintenance and catering of the said hospital, and it was locked in for the full contract of 30 years and couldn’t be broken, so those firms were on a pay day for life.

It has been shown that the amount spent on these PFI contracts came to around £11.5bn, the total amount spent on the NHS IT upgrade, which Labour also undertook, came to around £12bn, and this was stopped by the coalition, when they came to power, as it had achieved nothing in real terms.

So plenty of people with full pockets of money, and the hospitals are crippled for life with huge PFI debts.

Also, please note that when these contracts end, the fund that gave the PFI deal will still own the said hospital.

Perhaps Don can give us his opinion of how the country will house, feed, NHS treat etc when Labour opens the back door once again and lets the world in.

T Reynolds, Wheeler Avenue, Swindon

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