Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Let Lloyds TSB Suffer Cost of India Move

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Let Lloyds TSB Suffer Cost of India Move

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I was shocked and appalled - but not surprised - to learn of Lloyds TSB's decision to transfer call-centre operations to India.

Yet again the bank has put profits before people in its relentless pursuit of the bottom line. It appears to have no concept of corporate social responsibility.

Customers of the bank who feel strongly about this betrayal of the region should follow the steps suggested by MP Jim Cousins and take their business elsewhere.

This is the only language the bank understands.

I hope those in the bank who have been a party to this callous decision appreciate that their own jobs are no more secure than those they plan to terminate.

Nick Lambert,

From war heroism to peacetime corruption

CHURCHILL said in September 1943: "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind." I am tempted to say the empire of the European Union is the empire of the mindless.

One might make an arbitrary distinction between the British people, of those who lived through the Second World War and those who did not. I suggest the experience of the former gives them an insight not granted to the latter.

Between the evacuation from Dunkirk in 1940 and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour in 1941, this country stood alone against the Nazis. The people of Europe knew this great nation would never surrender. We were a beacon in a sea of despondency and we had a great, courageous leader in Winston Churchill, who inspired us and reassured the conquered peoples of Europe.

Compare this heroic landscape with the nasty, petty, corrupt bureaucratic cesspit that is the European Union. What did we fight for? Was it merely to lose our sovereignty in this morass of corruption?

It is time to issue a call to arms to the British people to shake off the shackles and free themselves from the oppressive, dead hand of EU bureaucracy.

PHILIP WARREN,

Charity ends at home

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