Thank you for this life saver

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

Congratulations to Ray Wicks and friends for providing a defibrillator for Wisbech Town Centre (Fenland Citizen, August 12).

The equipment installed at the side of Boots in the Horsefair Shopping Centre can mean life or death to someone who’s heart has stopped.

With today’s busy life style a heart attack can strike anyone, no matter what age, including those who consider themselves fit!

Good work everyone.

New positive ideas for Wisbech are popping up all the time as the articles on the High Street prove.

We should all get involved and support the good work, even if it simply means shopping in our home town more regularly.

John Smith,

Wisbech.

labour leadership

Equality for all?

By re-introducing all public utilities to be renationalised for the good of all society, as Jeremy Colbyn suggests – this can be achieved through public will. The opportunity would come through frequent episodes of economic collapse. It will be abolished by creating something more dynamic that exists.

Post capitalism is possible because of three major changes information technology has brought about in the past 25 years. The coming wave of automation, currently stalled because our social infrastructure cannot bear the consequences, will hugely diminish the amount of work needed – not just to substitute but to provide a decent life for all.

One example is Wikipedia – made by volunteers for free, abolishing the encyclopaedia business and depriving the advertising industry of an estimated 3bn dollars a year in revenue.

Politicians must believe in society wholly and not diverse classes to intimidate, bully, or fool them into false perception at their will. People are not stupid, any political party which thinks the electorate is not genetically programmed to make political decisions cannot recover.

The so-called lower or working class are now higher educated and engulf political sense and reasons that affect their daily life more than our ancestors ever did.

Let this be a warning to future politicians – they cannot be wolves in sheep clothing any more. We all want Utopia if it ever arrives, but we must achieve an approved democratic system that does not rely on a pure catalytic capitalist order that only elite people live in. This is not an acceptable policy for the masses – our political system has to be changed to an all-society level of acceptable living ability to enhance all at the same level through to our existing and future population.

I’m voting Jeremy Colbyn – only then will we achieve some kind of equality for all.

J White,

Wisbech.

Workers’ democracy

David Silver correctly suggests (Letters, August 5) that we all read George Orwell’s Animal Farm to get an insight into socialists and their politics.

George Orwell was a radical socialist who wrote Animal Farm to explain the rise of Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union, and his battle with Leon Trotsky, co-leader with Lenin of the October 1917 Russian revolution.

Today, most ‘socialist’ organisations are led by self-perpetuating ‘socialist’ leaderships where members who disagree with the prescribed ‘line’ have to gag themselves in public or face expulsion.

Hence, the 57 varieties of socialist confessional sects in Britain which were made fun of in the movie Monty Python’s Life of Brian starring Michael Palin and John Cleese.

If Leon Trotsky was alive today he would be horrified to see how his ideas and methods have been distorted by various ‘socialists’ of which Mr Silver has had such a bad experience.

Mr Silver has illusions in Social Democracy, which is just another form of capitalism. However, Karl Marx, writing 167 years ago in his Communist Manifesto, predicted that capitalism would become a global system.

Today, this global system involves 500 transnational corporations controlling 90 per cent of global trade. At the same time, 85 billionaires have as much personal wealth as 3.5 billion people.

Instead of a Social Democracy, we need a Workers’ Democracy where these 500 corporations are put under working class control and the wealth of these 85 billionaires is used to benefit all the people of our planet.

John Smithee,

Wisbech.