Where is this coun­try going?

The Wokingham Paper - - VIEWPOINTS -

One of the worst and most up­set­ting sounds I hear al­most daily, is that of an am­bu­lance rac­ing to save a life or at­tend to a se­ri­ous med­i­cal sit­u­a­tion.

Two things con­cern me; firstly the fre­quently ig­nored ded­i­ca­tion our am­bu­lance per­son­nel pro­vide, their self­less car­ing for pa­tients, the risks they have to take to de­liver those pa­tients to A&E etc., via our aw­ful roads and traf­fic; sec­ondly, I know I could not do their jobs, and I won­der if they are re­warded ad­e­quately. (An­swer most likely NO).

The other side of the equa­tion so to speak, con­cerns the way that ev­ery pos­si­ble loop­hole that can be ex­ploited to make money in our coun­try – loop­holes typ­i­cally left by civil ser­vants and poorly writ­ten leg­is­la­tion – are used/abused by those with money!

A clas­sic ex­am­ple is the num­ber of wealthy peo­ple tak­ing ad­van­tage of the gov­ern­ment Help to Buy funds al­lo­cated to help­ing the young and needy to get a foot on the prop­erty lad­der. I ask, “do we have any con­trol” over tax­pay­ers’ money?

What I read in the Press, and in this case be­lieve, is that Builders are mak­ing a for­tune from the scheme.

Years ago there used to be hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tions/groups of peo­ple who hav­ing ac­quired the land, planned and built with as­sis­tance where needed, their own houses. Why not now un­der the scheme?

Con­tin­u­ing the theme of “Them and Us”, there are civil ser­vants/ quan­gos etc., en­joy­ing a fan­tas­tic life “run­ning” spend-as-you-go

(and as much as pos­si­ble?), the In­ter­na­tional Devel­op­ment scheme, or HS2 plan­ning and the like.

Can any­one tell me why the UK tax­pay­ers have agreed with other “lun­cheon clubs” such as the OECD as to how OUR money is given to oth­ers?

To avoid bor­ing read­ers on one of my soap-box sub­jects, I will close with the com­ment that our PM has a vast amount of work to bring some fair­ness and con­trol to so­ci­ety – in­clud­ing an over­haul of the Po­lice, the Law and of course the NHS.

She thus has no time to get us out of the EU. If she per­sists in man­ag­ing ev­ery­thing her­self, we are doomed. By that I in­fer that Labour will be­come more at­trac­tive as time passes – the sit­u­a­tion be­ing bad enough as it is. Reg Clifton, Wok­ing­ham

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