Recorder letters: Policing, building, Brexit, Universal Credit, grow beard for charity and save postage stamps

PUBLISHED: 11:22 01 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:22 01 November 2017

Officers in South Street, Romford.

Officers in South Street, Romford.


Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Recorder readers this week.

Savings elsewhere financed the Met

Anna Hinble, Upminster, full address supplied, writes:

On policing, Romford MP Andrew Rosindell is talking nonsense.

The number of police officers has stayed the same in the Met Police, and the finance for their pay was budgeted, but that meant massive cuts elsewhere, for the record, over eight years.

Although police numbers stayed the same Boris moved 25per cent of them from outer London to inner.

Sign the petition to protect police officers and all of us

Tom Mulcahy PPITA, address supplied, writes:

Like most of your readers you must be thinking these days, what type of selfish country do we live in today, where our government puts money (our taxpayers’ money) above and before the health, safety and welfare of the public and serving police officers, with their year on year criminal reductions to police service budgets.

These inconsiderate government Muppets, who believe it’s justifiable to put every police officer’s life, as well as every single man, women and child’s life living in the UK today, in jeopardy, just to save few measly pounds.

Unless you have been living overseas for the last 12 years, or under a rock in the wild Scottish Highlands, or living in the mythical land of La La – where evidently, most of our inept self-centred oblivious-to-what’s-going-on-around-them Members of Parliament reside these days – where in their mythological world, all manner of crime has gone down year on year.

Whereas in fact the truth is, since the closure of 1,200 of our local police stations across the United Kingdom by these clowns with their unwarranted police budget cutbacks, all forms of crime has GONE UP year on year in the UK for the last 12 years – as everyone living in the real world knows only too well, mainly to their cost.

Police officers are so thin on the ground these days they are practically non-existent.

Even if you are not a lover of our police services, just think to yourself, do you ever worry about the safety of any member of your family or friends walking home alone at night? If you do, then you now have a chance to do and say something about it.

A petition addressed to The Home Secretary Amber Rudd has been started on to stop single crewing police officers.

The petition is to help protect lone police officers. Our police services are stretched to the limit and beyond, and they are asked to do more than is reasonably humanly possible day after day just to keep us all safe.

So, come on people wake up and smell the coffee before it’s too late and sign the petition.

And ask all your friends and family members to sign it as well

Police officers do an incredible high-risk job putting their lives on the line for us all on a daily basis, so we can sleep safely in our beds at night, and they now need our support. Please sign and share the petition, it’s for the benefit of us all.

Cuts a problem of Tories’ making

John Francis QPM, writes:

I was recently stunned to receive through the post the latest Romford Town Newsletter from the Conservative Action Team, together with a petition form, both with the headline “Stop Khan’s cuts”.

As a retired police officer and an active Neighbourhood Watch member I am absolutely appalled at the cuts to the police service over the many years the Conservative Party have been in government due to radical cutbacks in police funding.

I am constantly amazed at the brilliant job our local police do given the scale of the cuts and the reduction in resources brought about by extreme police budget cuts.

There is no doubt that the loss of two further police stations will irreparably damage the provision of policing in our borough and make it even harder for our overstretched police officers and PCSOs.

How Andrew Rosindell has the audacity to now criticise the mayor and make cheap political points when he is instrumental in the need to make these cuts in the first place should be a question that everyone in Romford should ask him and the other Tory MPs in Havering.

Let’s not let them hide behind a smokescreen to cover up a problem of their making. Don’t stand on the sideline and point the finger at your mess and pretend it is someone else’s.

We have already lost so much in policing locally due to these cutbacks, crimes no longer reported or investigated, non-urgent response times dramatically cut, undue pressure on maintain response times to urgent calls.

Does he really think that the mayor should put buildings before police personnel as these are the decisions that must be made when you have insufficient funds to provide the model of policing that worked very well for decades.

Building? Not on my flat roof

J M Branch, Little Gaynes Lane, Upminster, writes:

We are naturally hearing much at the moment about the acute housing shortage and what we should do to solve it, including building on green belt land or brownfield sites, although, of course, “Not In My Back Yard”.

However, yet another of this sort of slogan might well be required if what is proposed for this particular 1930s block of flats and its neighbours actually comes to pass – N O M F R (Not On My Flat Roof).

For what is contemplated here is the construction – or perhaps rather the “depositing” – of a third storey atop the existing two.

I doubt that this will be a popular plan amongst the owners and occupiers of these blocks, nor with those of the other properties round about, and it would be interesting to know if this sort of development is likely to become commonplace or perhaps, indeed, already is.

Prepare now for a no deal on Brexit

David Skinner, Halcyon Way, Hornchurch, writes:

As the EU continues to be intransigent over Brexit negotiations, the British government should be fully prepared to walk away with no deal rather than agree to a bad deal.

The government would certainly have the support of the British people. According to a new Sky Data poll a large majority of the public believes that no deal is better than a bad deal. A massive 74 per cent agreed the country should walk away rather than accept a bad, “punishment” deal. Just 26pc think any deal is better than no deal.

As Justice Minister Dominic Raab has said, the UK must “strive for the very best outcome from these negotiations, but prepare for all eventualities” (BBC News, October 2017).

It is worrying, therefore, that the chancellor, Philip Hammond, has written in the Times that he will only spend money on preparing for a no deal scenario just before such a scenario should arise.

The responsible action to take would be to ensure that we are prepared for a no deal scenario now, and not wait until the last minute.

We hope that the UK and EU negotiating teams will reach a deal that benefits both sides. Indeed, it is in their interest to do so. However if we want to get a good deal, we have to be willing and able to walk away from the negotiations.

If, because of EU bullying, the UK and EU agree to a bad deal, then Britain will be saddled with the terms of the deal for decades.

Legitimate concern on Universal Credit

Cllr Clarence Barrett, Upminster & Cranham Residents’ Association, writes:

Jon Cruddas MP raises legitimate concerns regarding the roll-out of Universal Credit, which is due to fully arrive in Havering next year (Recorder, last week).

While the concept of Universal Credit, which seeks to integrate benefits into a simpler and more responsive package, is quite reasonable, the actual implementation and imposed restrictions cast serious concerns over the impact on those reliant on such support.

The built in six-week delay before claimants receive money is unacceptable, while offering advance payments is only deferring debt as the money must still be paid back.

The potential knock-on effects are likely to lead to greater levels of rent arrears and cases of homelessness, eventually costing the public purse more than it saves.

In addition, after recent government advancements and improvements in tackling exorbitant pay day lenders and money sharks, characterised by preying on those in need with quick money at excessive interest payments, the restrictions imposed by Universal Credit plays straight back into their hands.

Like implementing any major policy, the need for moderate reflection and capacity to amend as it progresses are as important as achieving its aims.

Grow or dye beard for cancer charity

Jim Rosenthal, sports broadcaster, writes:

I’m calling on all lads to do their face a favour and give it some warmth this winter by growing a beard in December for Bowel Cancer UK.

The rules are simple, just clean shave on November 30 and let your facial hair flourish throughout the month of December.

Already bearded? No problem. Dye, ditch or decorate your beard and join the campaign.

Bowel cancer is the third most common cancer in men in the UK and the nation’s second biggest cancer killer. It doesn’t have to be this way as the disease is treatable and curable, especially if diagnosed early.

Sign up to Decembeard and give hope to those that are going through treatment, remember loved ones and come together to stop bowel cancer:

Old stamps can help the blind

Myrna Chave, PO Box 91, Virginia Water, Surrey, GU25 9AR, writes:

I am appealing for used postage stamps which help me raise funds which I then donate to the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Recycling used postage stamps is such an easy way to raise money for the charity and I am always in need of all types of postage stamps, including British, foreign and Christmas stamps.

If you are able to help I would be grateful if you could cut the stamps from their envelopes (leaving a 1cm margin around the stamp) and send them to the address above.

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