READER LETTER: ‘People can’t expect a small market town like Diss to have big city services’

Reader Letters from the Diss Express,, @diss_express on Twitter
Reader Letters from the Diss Express,, @diss_express on Twitter

Oh dear, K Mortimer (Letters, August 15) does seem to have a burr in his/her breeches about working for a living. It smacks of sour grapes to me.

I worked in both the public and private sectors over a period of nearly 50 years, and in my experience there was little to choose between them.

I have lived in this area all my life and work of all persuasions has usually been poorly paid and under appreciated.

K Mortimer complains of the private sector “the right to strike is all but meaningless,” well I say, welcome to the free market world that oh so many wished for during the 1980s.

Remember the juvenile political prattle of the time, “there’s no such thing as society, greed is OK.” Well we are living the legacy of that recent history.

Diss remains a small market town in a mainly rural district. Work and career prospects have always been patchy, as have local services. People are often misled to expect too much from too little and Diss Health Centre has recently attracted much flak for providing, apparently, so little. Those who are demanding loudly should be aware that up until a few short years ago, The Health Centre‘s catchment was about 5,000 patients; now it is 15,000.

The process of rewards is always much slower than the progress of demands, those who want more, more quickly, ought to think of such things when they vote (or abstain from voting) at the next election.

Meanwhile, I shall continue to observe with amused bewilderment as more new arrivals with unrealistic city expectations flock into a small town with seemingly ever

decreasing prospects.

Eve Mann