South Wales Echo letters: Saturday, March 9, 2019

A pair of stockings was my workplace reward

HAVING seen several accounts of people who’ve worked at Shermans Pools in the Echo I thought readers may like to hear my story.

I left school at 15 and started at Shermans. After several months I pulled out a coupon that was addressed to someone of importance and gave it to my supervisor, who took it to the boss in the office. Anyway, I got sent for (worrying that I had done something wrong) but they bought me a pair of nylon stockings from David Morgan (no tights in those days).

After a few months they decided to run a school to train women to mark the horses coupons. I went on the course which was held in Womanby Street.

We passed our training but couldn’t go to St Mary Street as there was a paper shortage. I think we stayed there for about 12 weeks. Eventually we went over and I loved every minute of my time there.

Joan Smith

Cardiff

Failing Grayling

The sheer arrogance of our Prime Minister, Theresa May, beggars belief. For her to blithely dismiss the epidemic of knife crime as bearing no connection with the 20,000 reduction in police numbers is preposterous.

Quite apart from the visible presence of police officers, the vast reduction in their numbers must make the process of investigation extremely arduous. Also their reduction meant the loss of many highly-skilled officers whose collective expertise we have lost.

Thankfully, her flawed assessment has been robustly challenged by the most senior police officer in the UK, Cressida Dick. But, of course, Theresa May would be most anxious to pretend otherwise when this all happened during her tenure as Home Secretary during which she authorised such draconian cutbacks in police numbers.

Quite recently, her Transport Minister, Chris Grayling, was shown to have cost this country millions of pounds through authorising shipping contracts to firms that possessed no ships. This was just one of many failings committed by this inept minister. Yet, he still remains in office.

Mrs May also triumphantly assured us, at last year’s Tory Party conference, that the austerity policy which has caused so much hardship to local authorities was at an end. As we are now discovering, that also was untrue.

Jeff Lloyd

Porthcawl

Blow for hospital staff and visitors

The end of March may or may not see some kind of Brexit but it will see the end of the services of “Capital Links”, Cardiff Bus’ sister company. This is a disaster for those who use those services.

It includes the invaluable 64/65 service that takes both staff and patients to the University Hospital of Wales. So, we will see more staff having to use cars to get to work early in order to fight for a parking space. We will see more patients and visitors having to worry about driving, parking or paying for taxis when they are probably worried enough as it is.

We will see yet more traffic congestion, air pollution and ill health as a result of the cuts that come into force on March 31.

Plaid Cymru will be contacting Cardiff council, individual councillors and local bus companies asking them to do everything they can to avoid these cuts and we would ask others to do the same.

As already stated in Keith Parry’s letter on March 7, we need to know why the Labour Welsh Government cut funding to the bus industry throughout Wales. In an age of traffic congestion, pollution and climate crisis we cannot afford to lose our public transport.

SteffanWebb/Gill Griffin

Plaid Cymru Llandaff North

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