Smoke and mirrors at 

From: Andrew Suter, 
Station Road, Ampleforth.

THE MORRISONS “Match & More” scheme is a good demonstration of how they have lost the plot. They are marketing on a Tesco-style smoke and mirrors scheme when customers simply want what you pay is what you get.

What Morrisons are saying is simply “catch us out and we will refund you”. People like value at the point of purchase not to be bamboozled into a no winner. Too many managers in supermarkets have trained in a world of a gullible public. No more; the table has turned.

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We stopped shopping at Morrisons last year and now shop at Lidl at Thirsk and once a month go to Tesco for a small basket shop.

Wake up retailers– the days of smoke and mirrors is over.

Incidentally, I like to pay with cash. Why do Morrisons put the notes individually through a checking machine when other supermarkets find no reason to treat all customers as potential counterfeiters?

From: Jeremy Banyard, Long Meadows, Ripon.

I WAS interested to learn that a recent survey says that Ripon and Knaresborough are suffering in the retail market, whereas Harrogate is coping well (The Yorkshire Post, October 8).

While Ripon does not have many empty shops, we do not have any large retail units left as they were all taken up by coffee shops and restaurants. If you want a coffee in Ripon we have over 30 opportunities for your beans.

So what is the answer? A Let’s Talk Business event, to be held in Ripon on Thursday, October 23, at 9.30am. Great timing.

Thursday is market day in Ripon – parking is at a premium, shops struggle with takings as market traders undercut the prices in the bricks and mortar buildings, and most business people are busy running their own stores. So while a meeting may well be helpful, I cannot see many attending.

Agenda over
badger cull

From: M Richards, Scarsea Way, Bempton, Bridlington.

IT is glaringly obvious the Government has a secret agenda.

In 2011 when they announced plans to start culling wildlife, namely badgers, their own scientific advisers stated that if a cull wasn’t carried out “in a co-ordinated, sustained and simultaneous manner according to minimum criteria then this could result in smaller benefit or even a detrimental effect”.

The recent cull method of shooting badgers was a shambles. They did not kill the minimum 70 per cent of badgers despite extending the cull period. So if we are to believe the Government’s scientists there may have been a detrimental effect caused by the first cull.

Despite the failure, the Government is currently carrying out a second cull. Surely this will cause a greater increase in bovine TB?

The Government has completely disregarded independent scientific advice and obviously dismissed its own scientists’ advice. Why? We can only be sure of their absolute servility to the pressure group NFU who continue to insist on a wildlife cull.

I struggle to understand what is going on with regard to this important issue.

Nothing new
on NHS pay

From: Dr Robert Heys, 
Bar Lane, Sowerby Bridge.

APROPOS your Editorial about “double standards” in NHS Pay (The Yorkshire Post, October 4), large rises in the remuneration of NHS Trust managers are no new development.

In 2010 (June 24) The Yorkshire Post published my letter headed “NHS Salary Shock” drawing attention to the increase in management pay at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust since 2006-7. In the case of the chief executive this amounted to £75,000 per annum (71 per cent) giving her a yearly income of £180,000 plus increased pension entitlements (the Prime Minister of the day got by on a salary of £142,500). Other Trust executives enjoyed pay increases averaging 79 per cent on top of similar pension rises.

Such munificence was in marked contrast to a two year freeze in the pay of nurses and midwives around that time.

Recipe for

From: Keith Dodsworth, Skirlaugh, East Yorkshire.

JUNE Wilkinson (The Yorkshire Post, October 4) rightly points out TV cooks never seem to wash their hands, despite handling different food combinations.

What is even worse are those who do not wear hats/hair covering, then proceed to bend over food with uncontrolled greasy hair. There is even a TV commercial for stock “cubes” in which the man does not seem to possess a comb, let alone a chef’s hat.

Arrival of the 
creed of greed

From: Max Nottingham, St Faith’s Street, Lincoln.

A LOT of Tory sympathisers talk of jealousy and envy in society but they clam up when greed is mentioned.

Have we become so money-orientated that we can’t discuss greed? If so, who is going to be brave enough to form a Greed is Good Society?

It would seem more civilised to devise ways of having more sharing and less inequality.

But don’t hold your breath.