Reader’s letters - Tuesday March 03, 2015

Should Prince Charles defend his brother? one reader thinks not
Should Prince Charles defend his brother? one reader thinks not
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Name all the MPs probed

As the furore rages over the alleged indiscretions of Sir Malcolm Rifkind and my local MP Jack Straw who are both accused of exploiting public office for private gain we now find blinkered members of the public leaping to condemn all MPs tarring them with the same brush, attacking their integrity and questioning their motives.

Personally I feel this is grossly unfair. The vast majority of our Westminster members I am sure are committed public servants and work extremely hard for their constituents.

Whilst it has not been made public knowledge I am led to believe that this now infamous duo were not the only ones to be approached by undercover journalists with their fake Chinese firm sting operation. At least six or seven MPs were also propositioned but declined refusing emphatically to take the bait. One of whom told them in no uncertain terms, to get lost.

In my opinion the producers of Channel 4 Dispatches and their bedmates The Daily Telegraph who have remained silent over this aspect of their operation as, of course, it is not newsworthy have a public duty to inform us of the identity of these MPs who acted so honourably. I for one would like to know who they are.

Jim Oldcorn, Great Harwood

Charles under fire on Andrew

I read in a national Sunday newspaper an article about Prince Andrew and the alleged sex scandal. While I have no liking for any members of the English royal family I can’t help noticing all is not well in that dysfunctional family.

The national paper reports Charles as saying that “he considers whole sex scandal degrading damaging and very embarrassing”. That is rich, coming from him, who had an extra-marital relationship with another woman while still married to Diana. It just goes to show what a contemptible hypocrite Charles is. And this is the man who wants to be king! If that is the case the God help us all!

Name and address supplied

House prices a fracking issue

Do you have lifelong plans, buying a home, gaining promotion, becoming upwardly mobile or alternatively downsizing to release some equity or moving to be closer to children or elderly parents? Or you may separate from your partner, how stressful would it be to remain in the same house for years and years to come. Many of these scenarios could mean moving house.

How would you feel if the opportunity to move was outside your control, making it no longer possible? That’s what is happening to residents living near the proposed fracking sites. Houses are not selling as once potential buyers see just how close the fracking sites could be they back off, looking for alternatives no matter how appealing the property may be. Would you buy a house near a proposed fracking site? If fracking is permitted in Lancashire or anywhere in the UK this scenario could happen to many more families. The Government and the fracking companies state fracking has no impact on house values or sales; they say there is no evidence of a detrimental effect.

We would encourage the Valuation Agency to undertake a study into the impact on property values and sales, or should I say lack of sales due to potential fracking. If fracking is allowed to go ahead it won’t just impact local residents but our wider families, our employers, businesses including estate agents, the legal profession, removal companies and schools to name but a few.

If the Government wish to push this through no matter what then why can’t they offer compensation/complulsary purchase terms to homes within say 750m of the proposed sites?

Resident of Lancashire

Why was slip road changed

There has been loads of comment on the Liverpool Road slip road, some for, some against, and it comes down to, I suppose, from which direction you approach it.

Coming from Penwortham I find it difficult and I only use it at off peak times so I am so glad that I have not to use at peak times.

What I fail to understand , having used that route since day one and never seen a smash , who decided to change it ?

It must have cost a lot of money to change it and the old saying, “ if it’s not broke , don’t mend it !” comes to mind .

Reminds me of my first boss, when I had done a job wrong he would look at my efforts and say “Well done lad, you’ve mended it worse !”

Allan Fazackerley, Penwortham

Plinth clear to see for drivers

I was most concerned to read Kevin Allitt’s letter (letters February 26) concerning the stone plinth roundabout on the junction of Corporation Street and Fishergate.

My concern mainly centred on the fact Mr Allitt is driving around whilst my family and I may be shopping in the vicinity.

I’m currently teaching my 17-year-old son to drive and, to stretch his abilities, last Saturday asked him to drive me through this very junction.

Amazingly we entered Corporation Street without any damage to our car, passing pedestrians or the plinth!

Mr Allitt, may I suggest that, if you cannot see a three foot diameter stone plinth in the middle of the road, you take the bus to the opticians before you cause any more damage.

Mark Gardner, Penwortham

Secret code the way forward

‘Say no to email snooping’ runs The Daily Telegraph headline Saturday, February 28, 2015 and a relentless call from leading politicians insists we’re safer if the security services can pry into every word we write - every email we send.

Necessity being the father of invention I foresee a new information battleground developing in the future when ,tsop noegip ,cat-cit seikoob ,orehpames dna sserpxe ynop become a familiar sight on and above our citystreets.

Joseph Dawson, Withnell