Ease our poverty

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MAURICE VASSIE says we should be proud of our overseas monetary aid (Letters, November 21).

Well, I should be really proud of our help to other countries provided all our people had a decent home, enough to eat without having to resort to charitable food stores, could afford to pay for heating and the sick were given all the medical treatment they needed without having to fight for it or raise money for overseas treatment.

Not to denigrate charities, who do a wonderful job – but if, as we’re told, we are one of the richest countries, why do we need charities? It’s appalling.

On the other hand, it seems that whatever anyone wants or needs is unaffordable.

Every company, especially the energy ones, seem to have carte blanche to do what they like with prices, councils increase their taxes so that just living a decent existence becomes too difficult for many.

Deal with the starvation and deprivation in this country, then give handouts to others.

Once that’s been sorted, then and only then will I feel pride in what we can do for others, no matter how sympathetic I am to their problems.

Janet S Kitchen-Cooper, Ashley Park Road, York.

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10:06am Sat 24 Nov 12

jorvik says...

Obviously the looney left tree hungers who comment on this site don't get out of there bed until the afternoon ,but I'm sure when they arise they will be out in force calling you a racist bigoted xenophobe
Obviously the looney left tree hungers who comment on this site don't get out of there bed until the afternoon ,but I'm sure when they arise they will be out in force calling you a racist bigoted xenophobe jorvik
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10:33am Sat 24 Nov 12

CHISSY1 says...

"I agree wholeheartedly with Janet,i get called names by the same looneys"
"I agree wholeheartedly with Janet,i get called names by the same looneys" CHISSY1
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11:01am Sat 24 Nov 12

cityforthepremier says...

There is no real poverty or starvation in the UK.
There is no real poverty or starvation in the UK. cityforthepremier
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5:07pm Sat 24 Nov 12

ColdAsChristmas says...

I think we can all be proud of the aid given to less developed states by the UK over a very long time.
However, the time has come to make big reductions in our altruism for the same reasons that the PM is resisting a rise in contributions to the EU.
Energy companies should take note as too should CofYC when they wish to tax us more.
A colder climate and rising energy bills will see people frozen inside their own homes. There is a lot of wealth in the UK but that is controlled mostly by less than 5% and despite Mrs Thatchers trickle down (drip down) idea this does not help the vast majority of us. Time to put our people first.
I think we can all be proud of the aid given to less developed states by the UK over a very long time. However, the time has come to make big reductions in our altruism for the same reasons that the PM is resisting a rise in contributions to the EU. Energy companies should take note as too should CofYC when they wish to tax us more. A colder climate and rising energy bills will see people frozen inside their own homes. There is a lot of wealth in the UK but that is controlled mostly by less than 5% and despite Mrs Thatchers trickle down (drip down) idea this does not help the vast majority of us. Time to put our people first. ColdAsChristmas
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4:22pm Mon 26 Nov 12

HOWSHAM says...

I would in general feel the same way but when you watch the credits at the end of the Battle Of Britain movie it lists the number of air crewe and pilots who were killed in action from other countries that helped us to survive intact. This I presume is the same with the Navy & the Army and many of these countries now receive and expect help in return.
A lot of people in the UK are not that skint when they have new furniture,electrical gadgets,Sky Tv and so on they just expect everything at once
I would in general feel the same way but when you watch the credits at the end of the Battle Of Britain movie it lists the number of air crewe and pilots who were killed in action from other countries that helped us to survive intact. This I presume is the same with the Navy & the Army and many of these countries now receive and expect help in return. A lot of people in the UK are not that skint when they have new furniture,electrical gadgets,Sky Tv and so on they just expect everything at once HOWSHAM
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