Carrick Gazette letters page

David Cameron and George Osborne's record comes under scrutiny in this weeks letters page.
David Cameron and George Osborne's record comes under scrutiny in this weeks letters page.


Rich getting richer

As always I am happy to reply to Mr Jim Harper Snr. who palpably failed to answer any of the questions I put to him.

In fact, he trivialises the serious points I made to him, about Westminster sleaze and the undemocratic House of Lords.

Mr Harper, although not a card carrying member of the Conservative Party has admitted previously he would probably vote for them, which is fair enough in a democracy, everyone has the right to vote for what they believe in.

When Mr Harper first leapt into print, with his version of “spin” in the Carrick Gazette on 18 February, he questioned the record of the Scottish National Party in Government over the past eight years, in a vain attempt to demonise the SNP to which I gave an honest reply.

Like it or loath it, Mr Harper, “spin” is a fact of life in any modern democracy, spin doctors are rife in every political party this goes back to the days of Harold Wilson and Margaret Thatcher, probably even further.

In fact we just need to look, at the latest example of the Tory-supporting Daily Telegraph, publishing the leaked civil service memo, with regard to a conversation between Nicola Sturgeon and the French Ambassador, which has since been proved to be a lie. This shows the length the establishment will go to in order to protect the broken political system which they and Mr Harper hold dear.

I would ask Mr Harper if he is content with the record of the Tories under David Cameron and George Osborne over the last five years?

After five years the national debt has risen to £1.5 trillion and the United Kingdom you are so precious about, is now borrowing more than ever, to pay the interest on that debt.

But the people who are being made to suffer for the reckless greed of the bankers, who got us in this mess in the first place, are the unemployed, the working poor, the disabled, the people on zero hours contracts, and the children growing up in poverty.

I don’t expect Mr Harper will have noticed or care very much, about the report out this week by the National Union of Teachers which has highlighted the growing number of children arriving at school with little or no nourishment in their stomachs.

The Conservative Party is now the political wing of corporate Britain, with London and the South East of England booming.

It is well recognised that the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer in good old blighty and if the Conservative Party are re-elected we are guaranteed five more years of “austerity” with even more tax breaks for the millionaires.

In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings”

The Scottish National Party may not have the answer to all of Scotland’s problems, but at least John Swinney, the Deputy First Minister, has balanced the Scottish budget every year for the last eight years, on a reduced budget, with 1000 extra police on the streets of Scotland and recorded crime at a 38 year low.

Also Nicola Sturgeon, the First Minister, came out of the Big Debate on ITV as the politician who most impressed the electorate throughout the UK.

Mr Harper Snr has every right to vote for whichever party he thinks is closest to his beliefs and values.

Like most people in Scotland, I would rather vote for social justice and the “Common Weal”.

It will be interesting to see how many Tory MPs are elected from Scotland, if any on 7 May.

Councillor Alec Oattes

South Ayrshire Council

coffee morning

Fantastic fundraising

The BRICC Club held a very successful coffee morning in BRICC House in aid of BRICC Club funds on Easter Saturday 2015.

Well filled stalls of baking, produce and plants, fancy goods and a nail game were enjoyed by visitors.

A very large raffle was drawn.

The winner of the teddy bear was Jean Dunlop, and May Lothian won the beautifully iced Easter Cake, Muriel Gilmour was the winner of the large Easter Egg.

The BRICC Club would like to thank all who donated money or goods, everyone who helped and all who came to support our cause. A total of £805 was realised.

Jean Dunlop

BRICC, Ballantrae