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Brum bunglers

Birmingham council’s Labour leaders keep telling us that there is no alternative to the massive cuts they intend to carry out at the behest of the Tory government.

Such pleas may be a bit more acceptable if they knew what they were doing. It was revealed recently that council refuse trucks are too big to drive down some of the city’s narrower streets!

Clive Walder, Birmingham

Useless Ukip

What a strange year 2015 was for the United Kingdom Independence Party (Ukip)!

They predicted a 25-seat success at the general election, and not even leader Nigel Farage was elected as an MP.

Since that time, the party has reportedly lost over a third of members, funding is drying up and there are two separate investigations into its European parliament group.

More recently, the defection of their Pontypridd candidate to Labour has provided a rich source of local embarrassment.

Ukip has been boasting about the prospect of winning nine seats at the Welsh Assembly elections in May 2016.

But judging by the penury of their past predictions I very much doubt they will manage even a third of that.

Political change is entirely necessary after 16 years of right-wing Labour rule, but Welsh voters deserve so much better than the embarrassing circus of Ukip’s self-absorbed antics.

Daniel Pitt, Rhondda Cynon Taf

Job rejection rejection

Sue Powell from Gloucester imagines a job seeker replying to a rejection letter:

Dear Sir/Madam,

Many thanks for your letter. Having carefully considered your rejection of my application, I regret to inform you that I have come to the conclusion that I am unable to accept this rejection.

I have already received a large number of rejections this year, so I am not in a position to accept any further rejections for the time-being. Consequently, your rejection cannot be taken into consideration.

Unfortunately, despite the friendly tone of your standard rejection letter, it does not meet my current requirements and for this reason I must inform you that I will commence the traineeship I applied for.

I would like to wish you good luck in your future endeavours to reject job applications and sincerely hope that your next attempt is successful.