Case of political behaviour
The decision of the court to find the serious sex charges against our MP Nigel Evans unproven beyond reasonable doubt is without question a relief to Mr Evans.
However, the proceedings of the court case and the reports of his drunken behaviour with young men bring both Parliament and the Conservative Party, of which I am a member, into disrepute.
The sad fact is that I would not be comfortable in encouraging my teenage sons to join a local party where they would be set a poor example of political and moral behaviour by someone who has fallen significantly short of the standards expected of a Member of Parliament.
Power can corrupt and the country needs those who can behave appropriately without abusing their position and authority.
Rather than continue to make headlines with fatuous requests for his court cost to be repaid, he should heed less the encouragement of his Parliamentary friends and exit public life with whatever quiet dignity he can muster.
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Street clutter poses a risk
Street clutter such as irresponsibly placed shop advertising signs and pavement cafe furniture can obstruct and hamper a person’s progress on the street.
Keeping pathways clear is particularly crucial for the independence of people who are blind and partially sighted. A recent Guide Dogs survey for their Streets Ahead campaign showed A-boards and cafe furniture are both in the top ten most common street clutter items, acting as a real barrier to a person’s independence.
Shockingly, 65 per cent of those with sight loss have been injured by street clutter too. It also prevents wheelchair users and other vulnerable pedestrians from using the pavements with confidence.
Several local councils have already introduced measures to reduce unnecessary clutter. For example shops can use window adverts instead of multiple A-boards to entice customers and improve the street for pedestrians.
I would like your paper to join me in a campaign to ask the council to introduce measures to tackle unnecessary street clutter and ensure that our high street is fully accessible to those who are blind or partially sighted.
Please email email@example.com for more information about their campaign and survey findings.
Jane Parkinson, Clitheroe
Great work to save garden
I would like to thank the Blackburn Diocese for agreeing to erect a fence around St Oswald’s consecrated ground, in Harewood Road, Deepdale.
Thanks also to the former church warden Mr Griffiths who looked after this ground as long as he could until his failing eyesight prevented him from carrying on with this.
As a result the ground looked unkempt for a while and for anyone who hadn’t lived in the area for very long, they wouldn’t have realised what it is and therefore it was used by youths to play football on.
Now the fence has been erected and people realise what it is I am sure they will respect it and ensure that children and dogs are kept off it.
It should now be used for what it is, a remembrance garden for relatives to place tributes on.
I would also appeal to anyone who has any idea where the church records are to please return them to me so that I can pass them back to the Diocese, with no questions asked.
I am sure relatives would be truly grateful if they are found.
Coun Terry Cartwright, Deepdale Ward
Priorities seem compromised
The soaring price of energy is affecting everyone, and the hardest hit are the poorest, who cannot afford to turn on the heating.
If we continue to rely on fossil fuels, bills are likely to rise in the long term as coal, oil and gas become more expensive and renewable technology gets cheaper.
Fossil fuels are also driving climate change and polluting people’s land, especially in developing countries.
Yet the big UK banks continue to pour billions of pounds into new coal, oil and gas projects around the world, and the Government is doing nothing to stop them.
Perhaps this is not surprising: research by the World Development Movement shows a third of ministers in the Coalition Government have personal links to either the big fossil fuel companies or the finance companies which bankroll them.
We need a Government which takes both fuel poverty and climate change seriously, not one which puts the profits of big companies before all else.
Liz Crawford, Lancaster
Education is too expensive
Peter Brant, adviser to Nick Clegg’s and David Cameron’s Government thinks that kids from working class families need to be taught how to be more middle class.
This Government thinks that ‘not fitting in’ is why more ordinary kids don’t go on to top universities, not that it costs too much and that top universities will not let them in. This failing coalition Government is out of touch and morally bankrupt. That is what you get from a bunch of spoilt posh-boys.
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Flowers are a joy to behold
Spring is certainly in the air here in Chorley. Driving through town, who could not be impressed by the colourful displays of daffodils, tulips and primula which abound throughout?
It certainly makes me feel that spring has definitely arrived, in spite of the exceptionally wet winter which we have had to endure.
Well done to all those concerned for achieving such a fantastic display and lighting up our lives.
Graham Archer, Chorley