Reader’s letters - Wednesday March 11, 2015

Voters need more information on politicans, like Ed Balls above, and policies says a reader. See letter
Voters need more information on politicans, like Ed Balls above, and policies says a reader. See letter
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Let’s have the real truth now

If people, especially the young, are going to kindle or rekindle their faith in politics, it can only happen in the presence of real data – data readily available that reveals the warts and all truth behind politics.

What did Ed Balls really get wrong last time? How well is the coalition doing this time? There should be blow-by-blow up-to-date unambiguous information for all to read.

Where does the money really come from, where are the next cuts to be made, how many policies have been conceived on the wing and how many went wrong and what was the cost to the tax payer?

No place in this new political squeaky clean world for data mining wherein minutia is made massive to fool voters into believing a policy is working when it’s not or that a untried hairy-fairy ‘pulled from a hat’ notion spouted during campaigning is any better than the one fired out the day before by the opposition and therein, I think, lies the problem – old politics – unfit for purpose and fooling no one in 2015.

Let’s have no more ‘he said, she said’ politics.

Let’s have the truth, not the Tory version or the Labour version, but the real truth and then maybe people will begin to believe in politics again, fragmented Westminster will heal and we’ll have parties big enough to run the country properly.

Joseph G Dawson, Chorley

Policies never carried out

I would like to thank Clitheroe shopkeeper David Brass for helping to preserve my sanity and a 42-year record of never failing to vote in a national or local election.

For the first time, since I was eligible to vote, I had decided it was not worth the shoe leather walking to the polling station in May. If David had not stuck his head above the parapet, by standing as an Independent at the General Election in the Ribble Valley, my only voting options would involve the 
usual pitiful list of political parties.

Party politics is crippling the UK, both locally and nationally.

More time is spent scoring political points than working towards a better future for the electorate.

Prime Minister’s Question time is a perfect example.

The clue is in the title.

Members of Parliament ask the Prime Minister questions.

The problem is nobody has told ‘Call me Dave’ he is supposed to answer them.

The whole charade resembles a bun fight at a chimps tea party.

As we draw closer to election day we are bombarded with political squabbles, candidates crawling out of the woodwork to agree with us and the usual pack of lies called ‘manifestos’.

I no longer wish to vote for this circus. I want to cast my vote against the political elite feathering their own nests at our expense – even if that is labelled ‘a protest vote’.

I will not give my vote to a party that almost bankrupts the country or one that cannot run itself, let alone the UK.

Neither do I wish to support either of the coalition parties who introduced a builder’s charter to systematically destroy the Ribble Valley and lied about tuition fees.

Does it matter what David Brass’s policies are?

Every political party will drip feed us their policies in the run up to the election and then scrap them once in power.

So I don’t suppose it matters what anyone’s policies are – they are never carried out.

If, like me, you despair of party politics, or the overdevelopment of our area, there is a place to lodge a protest vote – which has to be better than not voting at all.

Steve Rush, Clitheroe

Fight for mum worth fighting

I am writing this letter to thank Lancashire County Council, Housing 21 and Dr Edge at Longton Health Centre for the brilliant care they give my mother, aged 91, in her own home.

Apparently my mother receives the highest package Lancashire gives. But the government want more of the elderly to stay in their own homes and not take up hospital beds if they are not ill.

When I looked around three nursing homes in her area, I was far from impressed. I felt some of them were dumping grounds.

My mother receives 12 carers every day as double-ups. She is incontinent, paralysed, has dementia and cannot see properly. She is washed, dressed, fed, hoisted, all her meals cooked for, her medication given, her washing done and she is talked to kindly by the fantastic carers from Housing 21.

I am her eldest daughter. I pay for someone to shop and clean. And I look after all her affairs, the house and liaise with the brilliant Dr Edge. I also travel over once or twice a week. She wanted to stay in her own home surrounded by all her paintings and furniture, and able to look out onto the tree in the garden she loves.

She also has a Lancashire County Council Life Line service whereby she can press a button and someone immediately answers the phone over an intercom. Once, she landed in hospital with two infections, through this wonderful service that Lancashire County Council provide.

The senior geriatric consultant at Preston Royal said that she had never seen an elderly person without bedsores and with such lovely skin. She praised me for all the effort I put in and was very impressed with the care at Housing 21.

I have had to fight for this package. She even has a hospital bed in her home and certain specialists visiting her, such as the speech therapists, to sort out her loss of swallowing. It is too easy for our society to plonk the elderly into dumping grounds such as some of these homes.

Eighty per cent of all UK homes are under funded and not fit for purpose. There is to be an inspectorate for homes which I think is needed.

I would like to thank Lancashire County Council, Chris at Housing 21 South Ribble branch, and mother’s chief carer Sandra for all the extra care they have put in to keeping my mother safe and happy in her final years.

People can stay in their own homes. Take it from me, it’s worth fighting for.

H Newman via email