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In response to Bob Nelson's letter in last Friday's Chronicle, the increase for pensioners this year was 2.55 per cent. Any other components of the benefit range from 1.7 to 6 per cent. People should get their facts right before they start quoting rates.

T D, Byker.

PM's vent your spleen saying that Geordies should abandon their English identity was correct, if a little tactless.

A Geordie identity is sufficient. Whenever England's football team plays, English racists come out of the woodwork, something that does not happen when Wales, Scotland or Ireland are playing.

I was so relieved England did not win the World Cup. English triumphalism is a terrible thing. Regional Assemblies will force us to think of ourselves as Geordies rather than English. We will have Regional Assemblies whatever right wingers and racists in Newcastle think. Regional Assemblies are already in place, they just need to be put in motion.

Councillor Tony Flynn was right to ban St George's flag from the Civic Centre; John Prescott is right to impose Regional Assemblies; and Tony Blair was right to give the Scots their own parliament; and he is right to keep the Barnet Formula.

C H, Low Fell.

REGARDING the Battle of Britain parade on Sunday. The sight of the police horses leading the parade through the city centre was stunning and the Air Training Corps were very smart and marched beautifully. It was a mark of respect for the men and women who gave their lives so we could enjoy our freedom.

MM, North Kenton, Newcastle.
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Date:Oct 1, 2003
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