Reader’s letters - Thursday October 09, 2014

Football ace Diego Maradona electioneering in Venezuela but would we want the UK to be a socialist nation (see letter)
Football ace Diego Maradona electioneering in Venezuela but would we want the UK to be a socialist nation (see letter)
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Get tough on bike menace

Every day pedestrians go about their daily business walking on pavements through the city of Preston and other towns across Lancashire in fear of the silent menace approaching there safety from behind namely cyclists riding on pavements.

One wonders how many pedestrians have suffered injury when a pedestrian and a cyclist comes into contact with each other when one of the two parties has to change course for fear of bumping into another person?

What has the Partnership for Road Safety in Lancashire done to stop cyclists riding on pavements? Nothing!

I have just been to Blackpool and noticed several streets around the resort where cycling is banned along pavements and the penalty for breaking this by law is an on the spot fine of £30.

My question therefore is when is the Partnership for Road Safety in Lancashire going to introduce this same law across Lancashire?

G Gilbert, Hutton

Socialist policy does not work

I tend agree with some of Derek Barton assertions (letters October 1) but disagree with many more. He says university graduates are struggling to find suitable jobs but according to The Guardian (the lefties ‘bible, therefore it must be true) it has never been a better time for graduate job opportunities.

He mentions the large amount of debt graduates accrue whilst at university, I agree but was it not a Labour administration that introduced student fees in 1998 and increased them later.

He rails on about zero hours contracts, I agree there are abuses of the system which need to be, and are being, addressed by the current government but there are many employees and employers who find the flexibility a great advantage when mixing a career with family commitments. Zero hour contracts were around during the last Labour administration but they did nothing about banning their existence, in fact they recognised their existence by including them in the 1998 Minimum Wage act.

The reason why all working people have to go through this pain, to balance the nation’s books, is because the last Labour administration thought it could solve the nations problems by throwing vast amounts of borrowed money around like confetti with the resultant financial chaos which followed. Derek writes 10 paragraphs on what’s wrong with this country’s employment situation but only one on how to solve them. The destruction of capitalism.

No doubt to be replaced by socialism. Please, please Derek point me in the direction of a socialist utopian country where all people are equal, enjoy a good economic life style and have all the political freedoms we enjoy in our current society. I won’t hold my breathe.

One country which governs under a socialist flag is Venezuela. What an example, rampant inflation, mass poverty and a government which closes newspapers, radio and television stations who have the gall to criticise the country’s leaders.

Derek if that is your answer to our nation’s problems, God help us if you and your like ever get the chance of power.

Bernard Darbyshire, via e-mail

Stricter booze laws needed

Having suffered first hand with the tragedy of alcohol abuse I am in total agreement with Ian Bolton that reducing the availability of alcohol would really help in reducing this problem (letters October 7).

Bring back licensing hours, also reduce the places alcohol can be purchased: nipping out to the local shop is far too easy. Also advertising should be treated as cigarettes have been and tax increased in supermarkets.

One heartbroken mum

Revisiting days of TV gold

I’d like to reply in response to Parkinson of Preston (letters October 3). Yes, that classic TV series Voyage To The Bottom of The Sea - yes, it did star David Hedison and Richard Basehart. I used to watch this series religiously!

It was my favourite at the time. And I too would love to see it repeated on the True Entertainment Channel. I also used to watch The Six Million Dollar Man. Then I’d try to run as fast as him when in school the next day - to try and chase those girls! I have the entire collection on DVD.

I also used to love watching that friendly wizard who accidentally fell through time - Catweazle - tis “electrickery” and who’s that talking on the “telling-bone”?

But one of the biggest highlights of the week was when we all, as a family, sat round and watched the brilliant talent show Opportunity Knocks with host Hughie Green. Which really did make a lot of very talented artists into household stars.

I also really enjoyed The Comedians and The Wheeltappers Social Club. TV really was a magical feast in both the 60s and 70s. Sadly, those days are now long gone. Courtesy of political correctness!

Still I really do enjoy tuning into ITV3 Monday to Friday and watching On The Buses. Which also I do have on DVD. But, I’m still waiting for my very good friendly hero, Alf Garnett, who knows in time they will show Til Death Us Do Part and In Sickness and In Health. And if the BBC refuse to show it I will say to them, “You silly moo!”

I can understand them not showing Love Thy Neighbour, although I did love watching that at the time. And fast forward a few decades, where’s the laughter all gone? There isn’t one sitcom that’s funny.

The only one that does spring to my mind is Citizen Khan. Can you just imagine the outcry had this family been of an all white colour?

Darryl Ashton, Blackpool

Rich mix is way for columnists

Regarding your correspondent who wants columnist Barry Freeman to be more like Peter Richardson (letters October 4).

Peter is a one off but Barry is also a very interesting columnist. It would be a boring world if we were all the same.

Michael Roberts, Fulwood