Aus­ter­ity? We had rock­ets rain­ing down on us

Yorkshire Post - - LETTERS TO THE EDITOR -

From: Dr Sheila Hop­kin­son, Gor­man Close, Ch­ester­field.

I AM puz­zled at the talk of ‘aus­ter­ity’ dur­ing this elec­tion cam­paign – I ask my­self, ‘What aus­ter­ity?’ I was a child in Lon­don through­out the Sec­ond World War and I think I re­mem­ber true aus­ter­ity.

We had the black­out, the Blitz,

Doodle­bug raids, V2 rock­ets rain­ing down. I slept in an An­der­son shel­ter in the gar­den; al­most ev­ery­thing was ra­tioned. My clothes were handed down from an older cousin and then passed on to a younger one.

The end of the war brought lit­tle re­lief – ra­tion­ing was worse, fuel scarce and we had to en­dure the ter­ri­ble win­ter of 1947.

Heat­ing in our three-bed house con­sisted of a coal fire in the sit­ting room. A bath once a week and the wa­ter saved to soak the clothes for the next day’s wash. That was aus­ter­ity.

From: Hi­lary Andrews, Nurs­ery Lane, Leeds.

AN­OTHER plea for the

Gov­ern­ment to do some­thing (The York­shire Post, De­cem­ber 4) in or­der to im­prove the na­tion’s health. When are these do­good­ers go­ing to re­alise that what is needed is a dose of com­mon sense and self-con­trol by those who over in­dulge? Or are we go­ing to have to rein­tro­duce ra­tion books to get the health out­comes we want to achieve?

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