Modern day highwaymen

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How things have changed over the years for some occupations; particularly for the highwayman and footpad.

The highwayman, you may recall, was the one who could afford a horse; either that or he had successfully stolen one! The footpad had to put up with shanks’s pony. They were both thieves. The footpad got caught more often, for obvious reasons.

When they were captured in this part of the country, horse or no horse, they both met the same fate; an all-expenses-paid trip to York and an invitation to a hanging. Their thefts were usually from an unfortunate individual or a coach and its passengers.

Today’s descendants of the highwaymen are much, much better organised.

They do all their accumulation of other people’s savings and earnings on a wholesale and national basis.

They have taken over the energy businesses which Thatcher flogged off and they are impoverishing a high percentage of the nation’s population with no effort at all and with no risk of a hanging whatsoever.

What a pity!

They don’t even have to go to the trouble of buying or stealing a horse or purchasing a gun. Capitalism makes theft legal for some.

What will the politicians do about it? That’s a silly question if ever there was one. They gave them the businesses in the first place. In all probability some politicians are shareholders in the energy companies that rip off all of us.

Cliff Wright, High Matlock Rd, S6

Cuts in grit bill affect old folk

planned council cuts are very worrying and I fear the council is imprisoning pensioners.

I live in a street of 18 houses. Of those 10 are occupied by pensioners, many with health complaints or disabilities.

Last winter many of us were unable to leave our homes when the snow and ice arrived. Supermarkets were unable to deliver groceries to our street because of the treacherous conditions and we couldn’t get out on foot because it was too dangerous. Those without relatives to take them out were housebound. Our street was only gritted after several calls to the council.

I am urging the council not to cut its grit bill – if it does, OAPs will be terribly affected.

HS, Fulwood