Readers’ letters - September 25

Orangutans are in danger of extinction warns a reader. See letter
Orangutans are in danger of extinction warns a reader. See letter
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MPs’ economic policies are selling off our futures

Large parts of the British political establishment support a national economic model that, bit by bit, is selling the nation from under our feet.

Hardly a month passes without another company or further assets passing into the ownership and control of foreign owners.

This is a direct result of our chronic, structural trade deficit.

The United Kingdom consumes far more than it produces, and the gap is bridged by eroding the value of the pound and selling our assets to foreign capital.

These assets thereby become the property of foreign entities and their earnings flow to those owners.

Many years ago one commentator said: “To illustrate the consequences, imagine a game of poker in which you lose more cash than you possess.

“Instead of paying in cash, you hand over ownership of your house and you continue to live in it as a tenant paying rent. Are we seriously to believe that such a transaction has had nil effect on your financial position?”

The mainstream political parties in this country are leading the nation towards utter ruin, and I am not prepared to give them democratic legitimacy for their destructive policies.

As long as they continue supporting economic policy that is insane then I intend to continue endorsing my ballot paper at general elections, as I did in 2010 and 2015, with the words ‘None of these’.

Kevin Hey, address supplied

Saving the orangutans

World Orangutan Day took place just over a month ago – but the issues then just as important now as then.

The stark truth is this: these beautiful creatures are in danger of becoming extinct – thanks to an aggressive, greedy species, the human.

The Orangutan Conservancy believes there are only about 45,000 orangutans remaining in Borneo and Sumatra.

And yet the number was about 60,000 only a decade ago.

Many experts even believe orangutans could be extinct in the wild in less than 25 years.

The dangers are: loss of habitat through deforestation and palm oil plantations; illegal pet trade and hunting. I feel it would be a global tragedy if we lost this animal. Log on to www.bornfree.org.uk and www.orangutan.com

Jane, Lancashire

Angels are still around to help

I would like for you to print a thank you letter to some very kind people in Longridge who came to my aid last Tuesday, whilst on holiday at the caravan park.

A big thank you to the people who came to my aid – especially the lady and her husband – when I collapsed in Higher Road, Longridge, last Tuesday, September 13.

Also, I would like to thank the gentleman, who was a retired carpenter, and the young man who brought me water. I am now home and recovering well.

We may live in a changing world, but there are still angels who come to your aid when you need them.

Thank you all so much.

Christine Snaith and Colin via email