Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Payback Time; Your Say

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Payback Time; Your Say

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I WAS very surprised but delighted to see MP David Chaytor jailed for fiddling his expenses but feel that he and the other three awaiting trial are "carrying the can" for the dozens of others who did the same thing but escaped prosecution by paying back the money -up to pounds 14,000 in one case.

They should all have been prosecuted and jailed or heavily fined and given a police record like any normal person.

There's one law for them and one for us. You can't rob a bank or building society and when police knock at your door, say "I'm sorry, officer. I didn't know what I was doing was wrong, but I will just write you a cheque."

JEFF TEMPLEMAN, Skelton * * * * * * I WONDER if the tuition fees protesters have realised that the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly will be holding elections on May 5. The Scottish Greens, the SNP, the Greens and Plaid Cymru all believe in a free university education and no tuition fees.

Glasgow and Edinburgh are closer to many of us than London. Instead of travelling to London to protest about tuition fees people should be going to Scotland and Wales to help these parties in the forthcoming elections. The proportional representation voting system makes every vote count and every vote important.

The best efforts of tuition fees protesters could make a huge difference. A good showing by these parties in the forthcoming elections will have an enormous impact on the coalition; particularly the LibDems. Who knows maybe even Ed and David Miliband may change their minds on this issue too? NIGEL BODDY, Darlington * * * * * * STEPHEN Dixon is wrong in claiming that the Liberals and Tories formed an alliance in 1974 (Uneasy Alliance, 11.01.11). There were discussions between the two party leaders (Edward Heath and Jeremy Thorpe) which were inconclusive. In any case, the two parties together were not a majority, unlike the present situation.

The outcome was instability, great uncertainty, a minority Labour Government and a second election in October that same year, when I stood as Liberal candidate for Middlesbrough.

Mr Dixon's assertion that the majority of LibDem MPs were elected thanks to the student vote is also nonsense -a few, perhaps, but there is no way of telling. …

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