Letter - Concentrate on exports

JON Trickett writes about shopworkers who fear abuse and possible assault (Express, October 13) as the government cuts will threaten the safety of shopworkers.

Why? When the government has promised front-line policemen, the few there are, even before the cuts, will not be affected.

As the food and clothing outlets publish, every year, astronomical profits, and as seen on October 24, they lose two to three million pounds a year through shoplifting, is this the reason for ever increasing prices?

Whey can’t they provide their own security to deal with the problems? Could this ease the unemployment situation and save them money lost through theft?

Mr Trickett then goes on about the government’s proposals to reduce the rights of employees and how the unions are up in arms about it.

As our exporting industries are almost extinct, due chiefly to our uncompetitive high prices with employees demanding more and more money and the heavy government subsidies especially in nationalised industry, the result is no work, no exports and debt. The days of “I’ll go to work when I feel like it” and “I can get more on the dole” are over, Jon.

Why don’t you vent your anger on encouraging people to find alternative employment, especially in the export industries?

We have witnessed, in the North particularly, a concentration on leisure and pleasure facilities, and what is deemed to be cultural. We cannot export culture. When shall we concentrate on what was one a thriving export industry, engineering, without government subsidies?

A thought a day helps you work, rest and eventually play.

James Anthony Bulmer

Peel Street

Horbury