Readers’ letters - April 19

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Take responsibility for your own actions

There seems to be a strange phenomena creeping into modern life.

I write on the subject of personal responsibility and consequences of those actions.

Chewing gum manufactures and food and drinks producers are pilloried because idle and irresponsible people do not put their gum, packaging or bottles in a waste bin.

It’s the food manufacturer’s fault if idle parents do not provide wholesome meals for themselves and their children, usually at a lower cost, but instead waddle down to the nearest fast food joint to feed their families, then complain they are short of money at the end of the week.

The NHS say they are overwhelmed by people who have, by their bad dietary habits, a weight problem leading to diabetes, or liver and lung problems caused by alcohol or tobacco abuse, but according to the denying liberal namby-pambies, it’s not the abuser’s fault.

That is absolute rubbish.

Of course it’s their fault and they must face up to the consequences of their irresponsibility.

They should be pushed to the back of the queue for hospital treatment, until they mend their ways, or pay for it.

I think the following saying sums up the situation.

“You can learn a lot from your mistakes when you are not denying them.”

Bernard Darbyshire

via email

culture

Passionate about Preston’s Passion

Congratulations to all involved in the performance of ‘The Passion’ in Preston on Good Friday.

The enthusiasm of those involved and the innovative presentation of certain events – such as the arrival of Jesus on the back of a motor scooter – combined to produce a fresh interpretation of the greatest story ever told.

There was a creative use of the available scenery, starting in Winckley Square and taking the audience along Fishergate for the climax in the Flag Market.

Is it over-optimistic to say that such use of the city’s features makes Preston a contender for a future City of Culture? Whether or not you saw the performance, I would recommend reading the original script, contained in the gospels of Matthew, Mark Luke and John in the Bible.

Michael

Edmondson

Penwortham

crime

Crime pays for film producers

This Easter saw the second anniversary of the £200m Hatton Garden Heist and we learnt that the first of three films on the subject, The Hatton Garden Job, is now on general release.

Am I the only person who considers romanticising and glamorising a team of veteran career crooks, who have probably never done an honest day’s work in their lives, and depicting them as lovable rogues on an audacious swansong is morally unacceptable or does it simply reflect the society we live in?

There is an old saying that crime doesn’t pay.

It certainly does if you are a film producer!

Jim Oldcorn

Great Harwood

entertainment

Back to the swinging 60s

Recently I went to see the Solid Silver Sixties Show at Blackpool Grand Theatre featuring Vanity Fare, Wayne Fontana, Chris Montez , Dave Berry and The Merseybeats.

For just over two hours, the artists in the show provided great live entertainment which brought back a lot of memories during a near sell-out show.

The Solid Silver Sixties Show is currently in its

33rd year of touring the UK and certainly is value for money.

Stephen Briscoe

via email

EDUCATION

School streaming makes sense

I find it interesting that the National Union of Teachers is so opposed to academic streaming that it is intending to take legal action.

Do the same teachers select members of their sports teams, orchestra, choir, drama groups, chess and bridge teams based on who is the best or does everyone get a chance ensuring that they lose, real talent is not nurtured and young people enter the real world totally unprepared for what awaits them?

Peter Booth

via email

economy

There’s more spent in South than North

The shocking reduction in incomes for working families, which started last week, are predicted to increase the number of children of working parents in poverty.

As inflation rises – especially in food and energy – child benefits are frozen.

Benefit cuts for disabled people add to the cruelty and injustice.

Theresa May spends more in the South than the North – flood relief and Crossrail being two examples.

Her Easter claim to lead a more united country is pure hypocrisy.

Bob Holland

via email

voting

Two ways of looking at 52 per cent

Funny, isn’t it, how we interpret referendum results to suit our needs?

In the EU referendum, the 52 per cent majority for leaving was hailed as substantial by the Leavers, who told the Remainers

that they’d better get used to it.

But when the results of the recent Turkish referendum were revealed, showing that the Prime Minister also had a majority of 52 per cent, reports in the British media described it as a very close run thing.

David Craggs

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search

I found my friend thanks to Post

I wish to say a grateful thanks to you.

I wrote letters to your paper in the hope of finding my friend (LP Letters, April 7).

It has been successful, so I want to say many thanks.

I have had a letter from my friend, which included her new address.

Many thanks to you.

Maureen Sharrocks

Rochdale