We always welcome a Letter to the Editor to share with our readers – unsurprisingly they don’t always reflect the views of this publication. If you have something you’d like to share, get in touch and of course, your considered comments are welcome below. This from Peter Geach from East Cowes. Ed
This is the third of a triology of questions: what we wanted; what we expected and finally what we got from our MPs.
We got Austerity; even more of it! They can’t turn out Rolls Royces, Jaguars and Land Rovers fast enough, so it’s clear where these austerity measures are falling.
Propping up the bank cost us
When America coughs we catch the cold! Labour were in power when the Banks went bust. It was Gordon Brown who propped up the UK Banks and so prevented financial meltdown, but it cost. He prevented another Greece if you like.
The electorate were worried; Brown wasn’t a popular figure and Blair had lost our trust over the Iraq war.
Big Dave and Gideon came in and said, in effect,
“Look at this mess; we will do our best to clear the deficit in one Parliament, but times will be tough.”
Well, they weren’t able to and times will now get tougher!
I don’t know about you, but when buying a house I took out a 25 year mortgage, which was budgeted for in the annual family income. Provided I didn’t run out of funds and the mortgage lender didn’t go bust, everything chugged along nicely.
With the Labour Government the mortgage lender (the Banks) had gone bust, but fortunately the ‘bank of the electorate’ came to the rescue!
Corbyn gets my vote
Of the Labour Leader contenders, Jeremy Corbyn is the only one not speaking in ‘sound bites’. His vision of a policy is one we can all understand.
And he doesn’t throw a ‘hissy fit’ and slate his competitors; as they do with him.
They should try talking policy instead!
Investment in the right places
To me Jeremy Corbyn is saying the things I want from an MP:
Investment in Industry, Engineering and Commerce. This will produce growth and quality apprenticeships for craftsmen/women, draughtsmen/women and technicians, and opportunities for graduates leaving university.
Without this investment I don’t see how Dave and Gideon can otherwise have a high wage economy they claim to want. Not for ‘hard working people’, a phrase of which they are very fond! Surely high wages are only possible for ‘hard working people’ if high value is added to a product or service through an essentially highly skilled workforce.
Jeremy Corbyn also wants to invest much more in housing. Just about everything he says makes sense. But I don’t agree with everything he says.
A credible nuclear deterrent
I think we need to retain a credible nuclear deterrent; highly trained, well equipped conventional and special forces that can be rapidly deployed in force to any border incursions.
If people start throwing nukes around we’ll have had it; except perhaps those living in Ventnor, sheltered by the downs and on the other side of the Island from Portsmouth!
I knew Ventnor had a lot more going for it than I had originally realised!