Gazette letters: Pay-to-stay, the Post Office, anti-Brexit, Jeremy Corbyn and a proud Labour member

Islington marches against 'pay-to-stay' (Picture: Vickie Flores)

Islington marches against 'pay-to-stay' (Picture: Vickie Flores) - Credit: Vickie Flores/Archant

Islington Council remains completely opposed to the government’s plans to impose a tenant tax (“My pay-to-stay disappointment”, Letters, August 18), writes Cllr Diarmund Ward, cabinet member for housing, Islington Council.

We’ve led the campaign against the Housing Act and plans to force Islington to sell off council housing. In recent weeks we have publicly called on the new minister for housing and minister for London to act in the interests of London and stop the Housing Act, which will have a huge impact on social housing in our city.

We will continue to do everything we can within the law to oppose the tenant tax, and we will keep our tenants updated.

I’m lucky if my post (residential) gets delivered by 2pm, writes Anthony Pincott, Belitha Villas, Islington.

Alternatively, special deliveries are made so early (any time from 7.30am) that the postman rings the doorbell, writes out a card (usually not showing a time) and scoots off before one can get out of bed and down three flights of stairs. My next door neighbour, who like me is retired, complains of the same bad behaviour. It’s called service, but it’s not. Four visits to the local sorting office to speak at length with the manager have not resulted in any noticeable improvement.

My local Post Office is in Islington’s Upper Street. The last collection by Royal Mail from that office is now at 5.10pm (until recently it was 5.25pm). Totally unsatisfactory, given the post office closing time of 6pm.

This Post Office was created upon closure of two other offices – they both had posting boxes in the shopfront. Prior to the amalgamation of the two offices, promises were made that a better service would be offered.

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Lies. Longer Post Office opening hours do not necessarily mean better service if the Post Office and Royal Mail do not act responsibly in coordinating their operations.

No action has been taken to move the postbox to the Post Office side of the street. And no forethought was given to installing a collection box in the Post Office shopfront so staff or customers could put into it the mail brought between 5.10pm and 6pm.

On August 10, the Post Office staff had left at 6.02pm and 6.06pm. Still inside the branch was the mail handed in at the post office counter between 5.10pm and 6pm. At 6.29pm the postman eventually collected a mail sack that had been waiting beside the post box since 5.48pm, as wel as the other letters inside the post box. The collection time shown on the post box is 6.15pm. The only good news is that at least one of those letters was delivered on the following day.

Are the British so witless and unconcerned about setting themselves higher standards? It’s pathetic.

It is strange that people still have issues coming to terms with the choice of the electorate with regard to the departure vote from the EU, writes Michael McElligott, Amwell Street, Islington.

What is even stranger is elected members of Parliament want to disrespect this electoral opinion. Perhaps they should resign on the grounds of principle and divert their talents elsewhere? After all, they are paid for by public cash. If they do not wish to represent the public’s opinion, they have no business being associated with politics. Yet not one of the dissatisfied MPs has offered to resign. The same applies to councillors who are unhappy with the electorate’s viewpoint. Jog on: no one will miss you.

I am not a prolific writer to newspapers, but prior to my retirement as a HGV driver I often stopped in Islington and bought the Islington Gazette, writes Harry Watson, Cross Lane, Bradford.

I write to you now about my opinion of Jeremy Corbyn MP. Jeremy was elected democratically with a majority that has never been surpassed by any previous leader of the Party. Quite a lot of Labour MPs did/do not like Jeremy and showed it in their attitude. I believe they can now be referred to as rebels. Hopefully the executive committees of each of these constituencies will take notice of their disgraceful actions when the selection period comes around for the next election.

Following the country’s decision to leave the EU, British politics has entered a new and uncertain period, writesCllr Mouna Hamitouche, Labour councillor for Barnsbury ward:

We know protecting workers’ rights is not going to be a priority for a Conservative government, but it is for the Labour Party. It’s also a priority for the Labour Party that our European neighbours know that Britain remains an outward-looking and welcoming place. I am originally from Algeria, and the British Labour Party was always a beacon of solidarity and compassion to me during periods when I could not say the same of the left in France. I am proud to be a Labour councillor in Islington.