Tony Rowe, Sudbury, Suffolk
It was great to see a feature about Dead Ink books [Issue 1597, 8 January]. Equally, it was great to see two books published by independents reviewed by Doug Johnstone in the same issue. Too often we see the same half a dozen books promoted by ‘The Big Five’ publishers. They hardly need the help of a magazine like
The Big Issue.
James Marshall, Devon
I was in Central London and had the pleasure of meeting Paul on Cavendish Square. Could you please let him know that he really made my day and that his Christmas card and smile were very much appreciated and that I wish him all the very best for 2024. Thank you so much.
Feel the benefits
I agree with your editor when he calls for the next government to properly fix the health service and affordable housing [Issue 1596, 28 December]. I also think that a third main pledge needs to be a basic minimum income guarantee for all, as the current benefit system is patently not fit for purpose.
C Hopper, Swansea
How nice to see your touching tribute to Kelvin’s beloved dog Ralph [Issue 1597, 8 January]. Kelvin always cheers my Monday journeys to work with a chat about the weekend’s football (and life in general).
Kelvin – I know that you will leave it a while to mourn – but then get another dog!
When I was visiting Norwich last December I bought a copy of The Big Issue from Simon, whose pitch is outside Mountain Warehouse and opposite Pret a Manger. I mentioned to him that I had written a poem inspired by The Big Issue. He invited me to read it to him, and he said he found it moving.
Imagine how delighted I was to read the article in the copy I had just bought [Issue 1594, 11 December], written by Lord Bird entitled ‘The solution to our problems can be found all around us’. In it, Lowestoft is praised for a number of initiatives connected with poverty-busting projects, as well as the investments being made in off-shore wind power. It was our local MP Peter Aldous who invited Lord Bird to visit our town. I have since written to Peter congratulating him on this. I received a very appreciative reply.
Patricia Peters, Lowestoft
Surely the total belief in technology is not the answer to this nation’s problems. What would happen if these systems break down, and only money could be exchanged? Law and order and the distribution of wealth are the imperative issues, plus civil responsibility. Open borders will increase homelessness as well as other extreme liberal policies leading to addiction.
Social isolation is not just about not having enough computer technology in the house, it is about ‘mobility’ and being able to go shopping for immediate gratification. It is all too robotic. Even human voices on telephones are becoming indistinct. Society must be built on all skills – many of which technology will never replace.
Terence G Springthorpe, Southend
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