I understand Mr Lundy’s anger and disgust. In May 1979 my mother turned 80, and went for her pension as usual.
Later in the day when I arrived back from work, she drew me to one side and told me to sit down, as she had something to tell me. It was said seriously, but she had a twinkle in her eye.
It seemed that she’d got an increase in her pension, and – yes, you’ve guessed it, a whole 25p extra! I can’t remember what the pension was back then, but it was obviously a lot less than today’s, and 25p on top of that, would be proportionately a lot more than Mr Lundy will have found today, and probably would go further. At least Mum would have been able to buy a postage stamp with it!
Thirty-four years later, it seems the government still believes octogenarians only deserve this extra pittance.
Unfortunately we can’t do anything about this attitude, but we can, like Mum, see the funny side, and Ernest, I offer you the advice I gave her that day, in the spirit of – what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger – don’t spend it all at once!
Denise Marsden, Cookridge
I read with interest of the proposed manifesto to replace the need for a trolleybus (YEP, December 11) and am all for it. What I would like to know is why did our council approve the spending of £19m just to enable the work to start. Can we be told in broken down figures where the money has gone? My guess is a vast amount is just legal fees, and a waste of tax payers’ money.
A E Hague, Bellbrooke Grove, Leeds LS9
On the front line
IN reply to your ‘Mad Friday’ I ask the people celebrating over the festive season, please spare a thought for the front line staff.
Allow our already crippled NHS and police – because of cut backs – to deal with severe emergencies, heart attacks, RTAs, strokes, etc.
A Perrin, Holbeck
Country left in financial mess
THE letter from Mel Smart (‘Balls better than Osborne’) indicates yet another one who is in total denial of the financial mess left by the last Labour Government.
To say that Ed Balls has a grasp of economics is absolutely laughable, after he played a very big part in leaving this country in the financial mess it was left in. His only contribution whilst in opposition has been his plan B – Borrow, Borrow & Borrow, which the last Labour Government had to do as its spending far exceeded its income.
The country will never forget that the last Labour Government in 2000 thought that pensioners were worth only a 75p pension increase – what an insult it was to pensioners.
R Barker, High Ash Drive, Leeds LS17