Letters - October 16, 2012

Loneliness

Loneliness

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I AGREE with Ruth Jackson (Letters October 12).

Older people are more socially isolated due to the massive changes in society.

In the old days people lived closer together. You could always knock on a neighbour’s door for a chat and borrow a cup of sugar - not today.

Older people are more isolated.

I knew an elderly lady who lost her voice due to lack of talking to someone. Another lady who was upset due to for sale signs going up in her road all the time. She did not know her neighbours. Another lady always enjoyed her daily chat with the alcoholics near the bus station.

They always asked after her health. She only chatted to shop assistants. The alcoholics did not reject her, they cheered her up.

People who are lonely need to be identified helped and supported. We need more meeting places for older people.

PAT O’CONNOR

Blackpool

JAMES Sorah (Letters October 8) shows some addled thinking or propaganda from the Labour hierarchy who deny the deficit in public spending has anything to do with their management of the economy. The banks can be blamed for many things but not for the overspending by Labour in the years prior to the financial crisis.

When Tony Blair was elected he inherited a balanced budget.

Public Spending in 1997/98 was just over £300bn and was paid for by taxes raised.

After Chancellor Gordon Brown let go of the reins between 2002 and 2010 public spending rose to over £650bn but taxes raised came to less than £500bn, leaving an annual ongoing deficit of £150bn and rising.

That equates to a worker on weekly take home pay of £450 spending £585 a week by using credit cards and loans. Clearly unsustainable.

Under Labour the National Debt rose from £350bn to over £1000bn now.

The Coalition simply must get some sanity back into this country’s finances.

This will only be achieved by a combination of cuts and growth.

I have no allegiance to any political party. I’m just a retired accountant and lifelong taxpayer.

DEREK ISHERWOOD

Clarendon Road North

St Annes