Connecting with the common man

So David Cameron is trying to bond with the common man by admitting he ate a pastie once in Liverpool.

I am surprised he went that far north. Tories are bit thin on the ground here and by the time you get to Scotland they can smell them out from a mile.

Back to the pastie. Did you feel a bit “flush” and try the gravy as well? Oops, forgot you are always “flush”.

David you are a multimillionaire. You may have to eat a few more pies at lunchtime now the donors have been rumbled. £250,000 to try Mrs C’s hotpot and write the next manifesto.

Talking of donor, you missed a PR trick with this story. You could have connected with the proliteriate by telling them your kebab stories when you were a student, washed down admittedly by Chianti.

Was that Bisto I saw on the NHS bill? Perhaps it was the dregs of a fine Chianti.

When I go into “reggs (other pie shops are available) I do not often see multimillionaires.

Still, the extra £5 George gave the pensioners will allow them to visit more often (maybe once a week). If they turn their fire off in winter and only eat other stuff when it is essential or they are about to pass out.

And George’s tax breaks for you and the rich will mean you will be able to live and thrive in areas where there are no Greggs within 50 miles. It will not matter that there is no petrol, because you and your minister told everyone ‘do not panic but keep your car filled every time you pass a petrol station. And ignore the Euro health and safety clap trap and keep gallons of highly flammable petrol at home. In the most flammable object in the garden, the wooden shed.’

Sorry, we have not all got garages or duck houses we use public money to clean and maintain. You should have told us to keep the Jerry can in the duck house. A good connection with commoners.

The moat will protect our palatial homes from fire and if it does ignite, at least we can have crispy duck that night instead of a pastie.

Terry Lodge,

Plantagent Square,

Camp Hill,


A ban on the whip is needed

Animal Aid has long campaigned against the use of the whip in horse racing. The 2011 Grand National winner, Ballabriggs, was severely beaten in the final stages of the race, which left him so exhausted and dehydrated that he required oxygen. The whip in standard use across both flat and jump racing is the so-called ‘cushioned’ whip, which can still cause horses physical harm. At least 17 horses were wealed by it during 2010.

The new British Horseracing Authority (BHA) rules, introduced in October 2011, were an improvement, but race horses are still being beaten. That’s why a complete ban on the whip (as exists in Norway) is needed. Fifty-seven per cent of British people want just such a ban, according to a BHA-commissioned poll.

To that end, a new international initiative has been launched, spearheaded by Animal Aid, which has the support of animal advocacy groups in Australia, France, Germany and the Republic of Ireland – countries in which there are strong horseracing industries.

Each of the groups is launching a bespoke version of a hard-hitting and witty new viral film, Whipping Hurts, produced by Animal Aid.

Visit to view the film and to order a free Ban the Whip information pack, or call Animal Aid on 01732 364546.

Fiona Pereira,


Animal Aid.

Higher taxation not the answer

Will our politicians never learn the real lessons of business?

I refer to the Chancellor’s recent rise on taxing motor fuel. Yes it may well get him a quick few millions in revenue, but in the long term it stops motorists generally from spending more on their outings etc and the revenue goes down.

In pre-war America, when they were confronted by what was then the worst economic crisis they had ever faced, that great President Roosevelt took the course of lowering prices etc and got many thousands back to work by his philosophy the higher the tax the less people can spend, the more unemployment. The less they buy, manufacturing goes down, the economic spiral dives.

It’s the same with fuel price rises. The motorist spends less, so in the long term the Chancellor’s taxes are reduced and the economy suffers, less money around, fewer jobs, it is like a stack of falling dominos.

Real business is based on the premise that the more money in the national pocket, the more people purchase his goods with the inevitability, his profits rise, more jobs, more production. When oh when will they learn that higher taxation is never the answer.

Listen to the business world and trade unions Mr Chancellor, they will tell you.

Mr P.G. Seymour,

Edward Watson Close,



Thank you for your honesty

MAY I through your column thank the very kind and honest person who found and handed in my blue waistcoat that I lost at the Spinney Hill Theatre.

The show was entitled School for Life, and when I was at school I was taught that ‘honesty is one of life’s best practices’.

Hazel Hiam,

Byron Street,


Breaking rule?

REGARDING Saints player Dylan Hartley biting a finger of Ireland’s Stephen Ferris, I believe there’s a rule regarding tackling above the shoulder. So how come his finger is within reach of Dylan’s mouth?

Come on you Saints!

J Roff,

Blenheim Road,


Better cash use

Will the skate park be used or will they keep skateboarding in the town centre as they do now? The money could be put to better use than a skate park.

Tom Willis,

Portland Place,