ENGLISH LADY’S LETTER. (1949, August 26). The Braidwood Dispatch and Mining Journal (NSW : 1888 – 1954), p. 2. Retrieved September 6, 2014, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119269216

Writing to a friend in Braidwood,
Lady Eva Keyes, of ‘Tingewick House,”
Buckingham, England, who visited
this district nearly five years ago
sends thanks for a parcel sent her
recently by a local lady. She also ex-
pressed her opinion in pretty plain
terms of conditions in England under
what she terms the ‘spendthrift, so-
cialist and incompetent Labour Gov-
ernment.’ The letter reads: —
‘How awfully kind of you to send
me a parcel. I appreciate your kind
remembrance and thought for me
very much, and send you warmest
thanks. The parcel will be most use-
ful, as of course you know our meat
ration is very small nowadays, worse
than during the war even, so a few
extra tins are a great help for when-
ever someone extra turns up unex-
pectedly especially.
‘People in Australia have been won-
derfully kind in sending parcels to
people here, and it has made a great
difference in helping the dull rations
out. Ten years of austerity and ra-
tions is too long, but I don’t suppose
it will get any better until we can get
this spendthrift Socialist and incom-
petent Government out and get back
to freedom and private enterprise
again, instead of being tied up in im-
possible rules and regulations with
thousands of unnecessary Government
officials to run them and waste our
money. They have lost millions over
the potatoes alone this year, as I know
from my own experience here. I am
market gardening, and was asked by
the Agricultural Committee to grow
an acre of potatoes. I had a very
good crop of over 10 tons, but was not
allowed to sell them to the local fish
and chip shop, who wanted them in
February: instead, the Government
bought them, but left them in the
slumps until end of June, by which
time they were nearly all bad, and,
having paid me £92, they only got £8
for the remainder as pig food, and
my lovely potatoes and all the work we
had growing them was wasted. This
happened all over the country, as they
had bought thousands of tons from
abroad, which were not wanted at all.
‘This is typical of their bulk buying,
instead of leaving it to the people who
understand it and the ordinary mar-
ket supply and demand. I have done
fairly well with garden produce and
poultry, and the hard work keeps me
occupied at any rate.
‘I look back to our wonderful trip
to Australia and the many kind peo-
ple we met there and often wish I
was back there again, but don’t sup-
pose I shall ever do anything half as
interesting again.’