IoS letters, emails & online postings (3 February 2013)

Share

I am so glad to see your timely report on gambling ("Addiction soars as gambling online hits £2bn mark", 27 January). It comes as no surprise that more and more people are becoming addicted, having seen the rise of lurid adverts from the online gambling providers while watching sport on television. The "free" money that they offer to people to start is like a dealer offering free addictive drugs. The hit gamblers experience is equivalent, but the image the adverts project of entering a sexy world of winners could hardly be further from the truth.

There has to be some legislation to create a balance, limit the advertising of gambling and/or to warn of its dangers. Given the state of personal and government finances, we need to do all we can to promote stability and security in our communities such that prosperity can follow.

Andrew Jones

Sheffield, South Yorkshire

I receive several offers daily to gamble "free" online. Thanks to your timely investigation, as a middle-aged, middle-class woman I now realise that I am being targeted. The emails are filtered out as junk, but the offers must look tempting to the lonely, bored or hard-up – "Get £750 free spins", "Bingo – spend £5 get £20", "£20 for bingo on us". Luckily, years of watching Hustle taught me that if an offer sounds too good to be true, it is.

Caroline Marcus

Worcester

Thank you for Eleanor Margolis's commentary on why she lights a candle every year for the Jewish Holocaust victim Josefa Gottlieber (27 January). She is utterly right to do so.

The Holocaust Memorial Service each year is very important in order to keep the hallowed memory of the 11 million innocents murdered by the Nazis, and the countless million other innocents murdered in Rwanda, Armenia, Bosnia, Palestine, Syria, and many other countries. We must forgive but never must we forget.

Faysal Mikdadi

Dorchester, Dorset

I am a disabled Second World War veteran. I remember the 1920s and 1930s, and for 40 years I paid all my dues. This government seems determined to cut to bits or privatise all organisations that were set up by Labour – the NHS, the education and benefits system. The Conservatives do not appreciate the working classes and never have, but are happy to delve into history to criticise previous Labour governments. David Cameron blames Labour for "the biggest deficit of any country". But my savings were safe, and so were his and those of the other front-bench millionaires.

I thank Gordon Brown, not him, for that.

Frank Smith

Huddersfield, West Yorkshire

In the feature "Yes, Prime Ministers!" (27 January), you mention that Harold Wilson created life peers and ended the creation of hereditary peers. The Life Peerages Act was passed in 1958 during Harold Macmillan's first administration and the sociologist Barbara Wootton and the politician Robert Boothby were among the first creations. New hereditary peerages did not become obsolete because of this. William Whitelaw and George Thomas were both created viscounts in the 1980s on the recommendation of Margaret Thatcher.

Second, Britain joined the Common Market on 1 January 1973, not 1971 ("Cameron is right on Europe...", 27 January). Since then, New Year's Day has been a bank holiday in the UK.

Rosemary Morlin

Oxford

Do we really listen to more reflective pop songs in supposed bad times ("Top of the pops or down in the dumps?", 27 January)? After all, 1977 saw the Sex Pistols at No 2 with "God Save the Queen". But then, who defines what are good and bad times? I certainly wouldn't put 1979 and the election of Thatcher in the former category!

Tim Mickleburgh

Grimsby, Lincolnshire

Janet Street-Porter calls the Essex accent "the most loathed" (Editor at large, 27 January). But there is no single Essex accent. London's expansion into the county has been a major factor in the birth of "estuarine English", a curse for both sides of the Thames. A project has been set up to record the sounds of as many Essex accents as possible before they are lost for ever.

Martine Norman

Witham, Essex

Have your say

Letters to the Editor, The Independent on Sunday 2 Derry Street, London W8 5HF. Email: sundayletters@independent.co.uk. Online: independent.co.uk/dayinapage/2013/February/3

React Now

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

SAP Data Migration Consultant

competitive: Progressive Recruitment: My client, a FTSE 100 organisation are u...

Programme Support, Coms, Bristol, £300-350p/d

£300 - £350 per day + competitive: Orgtel: My client, a leading bank, is curre...

Linux Systems Administrator

£33000 per annum + pension, 25 days holiday: Ashdown Group: A highly successfu...

(Junior) IT Systems Administrator / Infrastructure Analyst

£28000 - £32000 per annum + pension, 25 days holiday: Ashdown Group: A highly ...

Day In a Page

Read Next
Is tackling child abuse in the courts the best solution?  

Child abuse and the moral entrepreneurs who cash in on it

Boyd Tonkin
Scotland’s First Minister, Alex Salmond, left, is to take part in a live television debate about Scottish independence with Alistair Darling, right, head of the Better Together campaign, if David Cameron continues to refuse to take part  

How a polite message from Canada inspired the campaign against Scottish independence

Andrew Grice
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Peace without magnanimity - the summit in a railway siding that ended the fighting
Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

Scottish independence: How the Commonwealth Games could swing the vote

In the final part of our series, Chris Green arrives in Glasgow - a host city struggling to keep the politics out of its celebration of sport
Out in the cold: A writer spends a night on the streets and hears the stories of the homeless

A writer spends a night on the streets

Rough sleepers - the homeless, the destitute and the drunk - exist in every city. Will Nicoll meets those whose luck has run out
Striking new stations, high-speed links and (whisper it) better services - the UK's railways are entering a new golden age

UK's railways are entering a new golden age

New stations are opening across the country and our railways appear to be entering an era not seen in Britain since the early 1950s
Conchita Wurst becomes a 'bride' on the Paris catwalk - and proves there is life after Eurovision

Conchita becomes a 'bride' on Paris catwalk

Alexander Fury salutes the Eurovision Song Contest winner's latest triumph
Pétanque World Championship in Marseilles hit by

Pétanque 'world cup' hit by death threats

This year's most acrimonious sporting event took place in France, not Brazil. How did pétanque get so passionate?
Whelks are healthy, versatile and sustainable - so why did we stop eating them in the UK?

Why did we stop eating whelks?

Whelks were the Victorian equivalent of the donor kebab and our stocks are abundant. So why do we now export them all to the Far East?
10 best women's sunglasses

In the shade: 10 best women's sunglasses

From luxury bespoke eyewear to fun festival sunnies, we round up the shades to be seen in this summer
Germany vs Argentina World Cup 2014: Lionel Messi? Javier Mascherano is key for Argentina...

World Cup final: Messi? Mascherano is key for Argentina...

No 10 is always centre of attention but Barça team-mate is just as crucial to finalists’ hopes
Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer knows she needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor: Swimmer needs Glasgow joy on road to Rio

18-year-old says this month’s Commonwealth Games are a key staging post in her career before time slips away
The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week

A future Palestine state will have no borders and be an enclave within Israel, surrounded on all sides by Israeli-held territory, says Robert Fisk
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

The German people demand an end to the fighting
New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

New play reveals what Oscar Wilde said at trials

For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

Can scientists save our sea life?

By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

Richard III review

Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice