Reader’s letters - Wednesday June 18, 2014

An old telegraph pole still in use in Lancashire
An old telegraph pole still in use in Lancashire
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Question of party politics

It is astonishing that at the recent elections people voted for a party led by an egotistical, attention seeking nobody who’s only policies are to tap into the natural unrest of the disaffected.

These are people who see their jobs taken, their children’s education put in peril and the NHS overwhelmed by an influx of people from other countries.

But what is more astonishing is that people voted for a party that deliberately created all of these problems and a whole raft more.

A party that took us into two illegal wars, which were none of the country’s business, presided over the biggest decline in the effectiveness of our public services, created a raft of benefit needing citizens, to keep them on or near the poverty line (is this the same poverty line that covers most of central Africa, or is it a new definition to appease certain politicians).

Sold gold at rock bottom prices, virtually killed off the private pensions industry by a cynical grab of over £50bn of private money intended for future pensioners whose money it was, were so inept that a massive criminal waste of taxpayers’ money led to a lot of it being just washed down the drain and then built up the biggest debt this country had ever seen.

I suppose UKIP don’t seem too bad when considering the recent record of the Labour Party especially after their brazen attempts to swamp the UK with immigrants.

Mike Denny, via e-mail

Patient needs lost in wrangle

I just want to say that I hope all the people who are celebrating the withdrawal of the plans for the new build of the Sue Ryder home at Cuerden spare a thought for the families who are devastated at the news (LEP June 16).

I have spent many years cultivating a beautiful family garden but didn’t think twice when it had to be dug out to accommodate the downstairs facilities my partner needs due to his neurological illness.

Sometimes you have think of the greater good and put aside your own wants and needs for others. I am not a mean person but can’t help thinking this was not just a case of saving flora and fauna but a plain and simple ‘not in my backyard’ well shame on you , I hope you are never on the other side of the coin.

Just out of curiosity how far away would you like this new build to be? Somewhere where out of sight is out of mind?

Name and address supplied

Living museum on our streets

In our broadband superfast age of telecommunications there are still gems to be found and places where time has stood still.

A time when telephones where hollowed instruments not to be interfered with in any way and if, for example, a telephone needed to be moved from one room to another than a man in a little green Morris van would be called in to do the job.

Vintage telecoms apparatus has a strong following and there are collectors aplenty for items such as glass, porcelain and ceramic insulators once made in vast quantities by manufacturers such as Corning, Pyrex, H.G. and Co, Brookfield and Hemmingray.

Strange to think the people who make our high temperature transparent ovenware once played their part in the wire highway which brought the telephone into the home and sometimes to the end of the street.

Last evening I came across an old telegraph pole fitted out in the manner of days gone by too yet still providing a useful service locally (see photo).

Nice to think the old and the new can still combine adding character to a district and a valuable memory of how things used to be.

Joseph G Dawson, Withnell, Chorley

Remembering all war fronts

The special supplement in Evening Post on the First World War with the accompanying timeline (LEP June 11) was very instructive and useful but it referred only to the western front of the war in France and Belgium.

Whilst this was the theatre closest to home and involved the majority of British troops it does rather ignore the fact that this was a world war and involved the sacrifices of many of the soldiers from other parts of the empire whose descendants now live in Lancashire.

It must be recalled that we also fought Turkey in Mesopotamia (Iraq) Arabia and Palestine (now Israel, Syria and Lebanon) and in Turkey itself in the campaign at Gallipoli.

The ill-fated Gallipoli campaign is best remembered for the participation of the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps – the ANZACS – and we will remember this on the centenary of ANZAC Day which takes place on April 25 next year.

But the 1st Battalion the Lancashire Fusiliers was also at Gallipoli, landing with the 86th Brigade on April 25 1915.

In the war against Turkey in Mesopotamia and against Germany in West Africa and East Africa, thousands of men from the Indian Army, notably from the Punjab, Sind and Sikhs battalions, whose descendants now live in Lancashire, fought and died in these campaigns.

Many Poles now live in Lancashire and their forebears suffered dreadfully in the huge battles fought between the Germans/Austro-Hungarians and our Russian allies in the land that is now Poland.

We should also remember the Romanians whose army was decimated in supporting Russia.

We really should be commemorating the suffering of all the ancestors of people who now live in Lancashire in what was a world war and not just a European war.

Graham Gooch, Longton

Trains disgrace for visitors

The rolling stock on the South Fylde line, serving Kirkham, Lytham and St Annes, is a disgrace and steps must be taken to improve it.

A business visitor we collected at St Annes was covered in dust after alighting one of the trains. The operator must be brought to book for such shoddiness.

Paul Hunter. address supplied