Reader’s letters - Thursday April 2, 2015

Do our politicians want children to like Brussels sprouts? See letter
Do our politicians want children to like Brussels sprouts? See letter
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Why no vote is only option

The term ‘Labour Party’ in modern politics is somewhat of a misnomer, the representatives of the present Labour Party are neither labourers nor working class and most have forgotten what socialism is, or was.

Margaret Thatcher won the fight over the unions and the socialist Labour Party was all but dead, what was left of its ideals was buried by Tony Blair. Blair set the tone for the new Labour Party with far from socialist ideals and, in the process, became a capitalist multi-millionaire, his successors mimic him.

In truth there is little difference between the two main parties. They are both run by wealthy career politicians, most of whom have no experience of what life is like in a northern town, yet the ghost of Arthur Scargill and his ilk still lingers, with many maintaining a false link between the Labour Party and workers.

But of course things have changed, workers now have guaranteed rights, minimum wages and a generous benefits system should they fall on hard times. The unions are now big businesses investing in financial markets rather than representing their members’ interests. Socialism has moved on.

The Conservatives have, by and large, stuck to their capitalist principles whilst accommodating the broad ideals of a fairer society.

Labour, however, has abandoned all principles of socialism whilst eagerly accepting the concept of capitalism and personal gain. The old cliché of, ‘I didn’t become a politician to be poor’, seems to be every politician’s unspoken mantra.

That they don’t eat bacon butties at Eton is clear. What isn’t clear is how anyone who hasn’t had a private education or is wealthy can support either of these parties. Neither of them have a clue what life outside of London is like and neither party really cares.

The other electoral choices offer little to the average voter, the Lib Dems don’t want to upset anyone so they agree with everything, the Greens think children should like Brussels sprouts, and UKIP are simply a xenophobic excuse for failure, blaming others for the country’s short comings.

Ironically the Scottish National Party will, in all likelihood, dictate who forms the next government, meaning the UK will be dictated to by a small minority who don’t want to be a part of the majority.

I see no alternative but to vote for none of the above, so my only choice is not to vote.

Mike McCarthy, Ribbleton

... only voting brings a change

Unfortunately it is an already established statistical fact that fewer than two thirds of the registered electorate do in fact bother to vote in elections. Which is a great pity, since many women, in particular, gave their lives in the early 20th century in order to obtain a democratic vote for women, which is now treated with apparent indifference.

Due to newspapers and television, more people are now better informed than ever about what their political representatives get up to and how corruption in our so-called democratic system is endemic. Also how difficult it is for the people to change the course of any political proposal or development they do not agree with, which leads to indifference.

People are rightly suspicious of professional Westminster politicos, who have never held down a job in the real world, to decide their country’s course of action on any event. This, together with the recent revelations of MPs’ outrageous expenses claims, have all contributed to the prevailing cynicism among voters. However, it is only by registering our vote for change by electing parties such as UKIP, which will eventually have an effect by overturning the existing discredited system and bringing in a real democratic representation for the electorate, that can change matters.

E J Tilley, Chorley

No stone must go unturned

We are heading for a constitutional crisis when a Home Secretary tells a Select Committee that she merely hopes whistleblowers on paedophile politicians, senior policemen and others of the “great and good” will not be prosecuted under the Official Secrets Act.

Covers-up of this kind do not originate with the police; they originate with MI5/6 and they can lead to conflict with the police. Instructions to police to ignore paedophilia, and who knows what else, in the name of national security are now in conflict with the public demand for exposure, justice and closure.

The reputation of Parliament for democratic integrity is at stake. There has to be an assumption that all inquiries into the activities of the dead and trials of the living will be in the public interest. MI5/MI6 agents should not simply be expected but obliged to give evidence.

Jack Brown, address supplied

Sad memories of pub tragedy

You asked about the Greyhound hotel (Looking Back March 25), I remember the Greyhound pub being worked on, on the November 18 1960 when part of the building collapsed and four people lost their lives, one of them being the landlord’s wife.

This accident could have changed the licencing law in this country because at the time the pub had to open the set licensing hours. The licence was revoked so to prevent the landlord losing his licence he had to keep the pub open during the alterations resulting in the sad loss of lives

Bob Gant, Garstang

Hell of cruel act of destruction

I often wonder why I bother writing to newspapers. Just a way of letting off steam I suppose. But this time it’s different, different because of the distant screams that suddenly punctuate sleep in the early hours.

The screams of a mother clutching her baby to her breast, 16 terrified children not knowing what to do and a host of helpless souls lost to the world in a mindless act in the downing of flight 4U 9525. In our secular world there may be no room for God but there’s sure as Hell of a lot of room reserved for the Devil.

Joseph G Dawson, Withnell, Chorley