Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vent Your Spleen

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Vent Your Spleen

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During recent years we are now informed and have been for some time, that our jails are totally overcrowded and over full so please, they say, do not send any more people to jail even if they have committed crimes unless they are very, very serious.

This is from a Government that over the past 10 years has been shouting that it will make it tough on crime. It is just unbelievable.

As well as that, the ASBOs are far from satisfactory so what do they do? Issue respect areas where more money is poured in. Money alone doesn't cure anything. No mention of justice or getting tough. Half the money that Blair has spent on wars abroad would make many more jails and after all, the blood of many of our soldiers now rests on Tony Blair's hands.

Tony Blair should be forced to retire now.

DR, Gateshead.

I AM phoning about the article in Your Health that was in the paper on Monday January 8 about the nurse Pauline Lilley who works at Walker Medical Centre.

She took care of my parents who died in 1999 and 2002, both in their 70s. Keep up the good work Pauline.

HH, Gateshead.

REGARDING the ongoing debate about wheelchairs and buggies, and people who have to move from the front seats if you are elderly or otherwise if you haven't got a buggy.

Just to put a cat among the pigeons, as far as I'm aware if you have got a green pass, which elderly and disabled do, and I do have because I am arthritic, we've got right of way over buggies and we have the right to say to buggy holders: Sorry, can't move because I'm elderly or arthritic or whatever. I've got a green pass so you've got to fold your buggy up. If I stand up and let you sit here that's up to me; that's my choice, but I really think that we have precedence over buggy users. We have the right to sit in the front seat regardless of our issues or our health problems. …

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