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Predictable rant

ONCE again, we have, what is becoming almost a daily rant from Mr Webb and his views about the political party, UKIP.

As he says, there have been problems in the party, they elected a person who wasn’t up for the job, and so it goes on.

We need a third party to hold the two main parties to account, he never says who he supports. Is it the party who have shown total disregard to what voters voted for, and also have shown they will take donations from any source, no matter how disgusting, and have now said that if elected, there will be no border control and whoever wants can come in, regardless of housing needs etc?

Or is it the party who don’t have a clue who is in charge and what they are doing?

Coming down to local level, if you complain about dirty estates or filthy bus stations or gridlocked traffic, the answer you get is, we have high employment and lots of cars.

Come on Mr Webb, answers please, let us know...

T Reynolds, Wheeler Avenue, Swindon

Come on you Brits!

With the end of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, I believe it is time to evaluate our performances (one gold and four bronze medals) compared with those of Norway, Canada and the USA (many dozens of all colours!).

I suggest the introduction of three new events at which, I believe, we would excel.

1) Snowball Fight - teams of four firing snowballs at each other. One point per hit with a bonus of five points for hitting the back of an opponent’s neck.

2) Building a Snowman - against the clock with points for size and artistic impression. The fact that snow melts here after an hour or so would give us a speed advantage and would make us genuine gold medal contenders.

3) The Playground Ice Slide - a thrilling experience for children who grew up in the 40s, 50s and 60s before school caretakers found out that salt or grit could melt them away. I appreciate that younger athletes would have no idea about this, but those of us of a certain age would be well capable of hurtling along in our metal stud covered shoes and boots.

Let’s start a campaign for these three events to be on the programme at Beijing in 2022.

Onwards and upwards!

Mike Barrett, Springfield Road, Swindon

Not so gloomy

Oh dear, how galling it must be for Green MEP Molly Scott-Cato to discover that car maker Toyota is not only investing £240 million in the UK, they have also confirmed that the next generation Auris will be built in their super efficient plant at Burnaston, with engines being produced at their Deeside site.

This will safeguard the jobs of 3,000 workers and doubtless confound the anti Brexit brigade who seem intent on suffocating the nation with nothing but outrageous predictions of doom and gloom.

Des Morgan, Caraway Drive, Swindon

Fabulous footpath

It is not often I praise the Swindon council, where one week of my basic state pension is gone on council tax, a vast amount of it to keep the Grand Poo Baas in their inflated pensions at a cost to my utility bills and food on the table and many others in similar circumstances.

On Covingham Drive they have spent a large amount of money on a walkway for the public and a bicycle path. On the other side of Covingham Drive, there is an old past its sell-by date pavement, not to mention the potholes on the main road.

But I must admit my little Westie loves walking along the new walkway, as I do.

Lamp-posts and trees, he lets none escape his urinal capacity, nor his little nose. In the many weeks, I have used this path, I have only noticed five cyclists doing the same.

Replies from the people responsible for this management of other people’s money will be welcomed by me on these pages - if there are any.

Bill Williams, Merlin Way, Covingham, Swindon

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