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Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter
Letters from the Fenland Citizen, fenlandcitizen.co.uk, @FenlandCit on Twitter

Now is the time for all good men and women to come to the aid of the Party.

The Labour Party, contrary to popular belief, belongs to “US”, the Working Class. We only loan it to the Party leadership to manage it on our behalf and, so far, they have made a fairly crap job of it.

Whatever else Ed Miliband did, with or without thinking, he gave “US” the opportunity to select the leader of our party.

Since we, the Working Class, created the Labour Party it has been steadily taken over by self-seeking professional careerists, many of whom do not have an ounce of class conscience or understanding.

The opportunity is now before us to take back the Party and its leadership and send it in the direction that we created it for, to protect and defend us, the Working Class, not collaborate and try to win over a load of disaffected Tories.

Every Trade Unionist has the right to cast a vote in the election for the leadership, by registering to vote at this site http://www.unionstogether.org.uk/our_party_our_voice giving your name and address and membership number. Take this opportunity because if the right- wing retain control, it may not be there next time.

Despite all expectations Jeremy Corbyn now has the lead in the election. What we will now see is those politicians and political pundits who fear a Working Class Party, try to discredit his worthiness to lead. It’s started, with Blair, Mandelson and Progress Labour all trying to discredit him.

In the last General Election seven million people failed to register to vote and in every constituency over 35 percent did not vote. These are the people we need to win back to have faith in the party, as they are the disaffected Working Class.

Terry Stevens,

Chairman, Wisbech Trades Union Council,

Personnel Capacity.

What kind of society?

I read with bemusement Tony Blair’s attack on Jeremy Corbyn. Of course the national press and television are going to have a field day demonising anyone and everyone who admits or supports any kind of socialist values.

But the real question that needs to be asked and debated, in the run-up to the next election is, “What kind of society do we want to live in?”

It was Margaret Thatcher, quoting from Adam Smith, who exclaimed: “There is no such thing as society – only an aggregate of individuals the pursuit of whose self-interest was the key to growth.”

In her view Government should be kept out of the picture to the maximum extent possible.

Well, hey presto, we now have more homelessness, a serious lack of affordable social housing, astronomical private rents and the shameless introduction of food banks.

Some growth – what a society?

But dear old devious Margaret, of course, was only cherry picking the quotes of Adam Smith who also wrote, “Government has a duty of erecting and maintaining certain public works and certain public institutions vital to the running of a great society”.

I believe Jeremy Corbyn understands this and will fight for a better and fairer society based on true Labour values.

John Cook,

PCS Union,

(retired member).

Sunday trading

Do we really need it?

Increased Sunday trading is on the cards – but do we really need it?

When 24-hour superstores arrived there were people using them in the early hours of the morning – but if these stores hadn’t been open the ‘customers’ would have found some other time to do their shopping.

Years ago the only venues open on Sundays were churches and pubs – and ‘corner shops’. We got by then – surely our way of life hasn’t changed that much that we need even more Sunday opening hours, now?

There is an argument that increased Sunday trading hours will open up more jobs – but won’t they also increase costs for the ‘shopkeepers’; costs that might well be passed on to us, the customers?

I wonder how many people would genuinely struggle if Sunday trading hours remained as they are.

I’ve a feeling most of us would manage.

Fenland reader,

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