Readers’ letters - October 2

Jeremy Corbyn is right to believe in nuclear disarmament,says a correspondent. See letter
Jeremy Corbyn is right to believe in nuclear disarmament,says a correspondent. See letter
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A safer world for everyone

For the attention of Barry Clayton and like-minded people who fear his nuclear disarmament policy (LEP October 1): Jeremy Corbyn is trying to move the world into an era of nuclear nakedness, as you so charmingly put it.

And how is he doing this? He is doing it by doing what all great leaders do – by leading by example.

Having discussions about nuclear disarmament is a hugely positive step that the current government dares not even dabble with.

Like global warming, we must confront this issue by starting and encouraging others to debate a programme of nuclear disarmament across the world.

Only then may we ever achieve our common goal of world peace.

As for Denis Healey’s comment that weapons “will deter even if the enemy thinks there is only a one per cent chance it will be used” – does it not occur to you that it is that belief that has lead to the arms race we have today and is the absolute opposite route towards achieving world peace?

Surely you can see the lack of common sense in Healey’s chest-pumping speech?

Narrow-minded and blinkered views are hard to change, but like Corbyn says, he respects the views of others and, in return, hopes others will respect his own.

Let’s get this matter debated in Parliament and move towards a safer world for all.

HW, Ashton

Promote this ‘elixir of youth’

I am at one with the Mayor of Longridge in her desire to promote our township as a great place to visit, supporting our shops and services and tarrying awhile in the process.

A chance remark made recently over a cup of coffee in Longridge’s Think Tank, or The Deli at 65 as it is more commonly known, could well change the course of commercial history in The Ribble Valley.

Our spokesman for education asked: “Have you noticed the increasing number of hairdressing salons, barber shops, and beauty salons we now have in the town?”

Cups raised in mid air as fellow Tankists paused to reflect upon her simple enquiry.

“Eureka! That’s it!” was the excited comment of the Tank’s Chancellor.

“Everyone wants to look beautiful, or handsome.

“We can promote Longridge as the magic place where you can find the elixir of youth, and where opportunities for letting your hair down are legion.

“Growth is only limited by the subtle application of stylists’ scissors.

“The austere days of short back and sides, pensioners’ half price on Tuesdays, have gone for ever.”

Almost inevitably there were some of the Tank’s back benchers who took a more jaundiced view.

They argued that Robshaw and most of the World Cup rugby participants looked as if they had never had a haircut in their lives.

As far as Jeremy Corbyn was concerned, they felt he could do with a bit of a tidying up and a trim round the ears.

Gordon Garment, Chipping

Searching for young citizens

Regarding the Garstang Young Citizen of the Year awards 2015, do you know a young person who deserves to be recognised for the work they do in or around Garstang?

It could be a personal achievement or a selfless act.

The nominations are for two age categories: The Carrs Trophy (junior), age four to 11 years old, and the Lady Atkins Trophy (senior), 12 to 18 years old.

Email lynnharter1@aol.co.uk before 5pm, October 6, 2015.

Garstang Mayor Coun Lynn Harter via email

Will you be a Poppy hero?

The leaves of autumn are starting to fall and the red Poppy of Remembrance is starting to bloom.

It is that time of year when we start to remember all those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice and give thanks to those who returned. More so this year when we remember the Battle of Britain, VE Day and VJ Day and, of course, the centenary of the First World War.

Over the last year, the Legion has had over 2,000 enquiries for help in Lancashire alone, and the Legion is always there to give a helping hand.

The Royal British Legion is the nation’s foremost ex-service charity and custodian of Remembrance and needs your help.

For over 90 years, it has been ready and able to help all those who come to the Legion for assistance. It is there to help today’s generation of ex-service and serving men, women and their families, just as it has served all generations since its formation.

If the Legion is to carry on this sterling work, it is essential to raise the necessary funds if we are to continue to help all those who come to the Legion in their hour of need.

The Legion in Lancashire needs your help with this year’s Poppy Appeal. There are many ways in which you could help.

Will you be our hero and give one hour or more of your time to this very worthy cause?

Go on, give it a go. You’ll enjoy it.

Please get in touch on 01772 745839 or email michaelfrancis.turner@gmail.com and thank you in anticipation.

Michael F Turner, Lancashire Poppy Appeal Coordinator

Highlighting hogs’ plight

I had the privilege of seeing a hedgehog the other day, thankfully he (or she?) appeared in good health and there was no reason to be concerned.

But reading about hedgehog helper Steve Whalley (LEP September 30) – who should be congratulated for his work – has alerted me to just how endangered the animal is.

In today’s material-obsessed society, money is seen as more important than nature and so habitat will keep on declining until we come to our senses and realise the environment should be protected – for wildlife and our own wellbeing. They may be little, but somehow ‘Great Britain’ doesn’t seem as ‘Great’ if we lose one of our most loved species.

CJK, Fulwood