Readers' letters - April 24

Hideous apparition of a catalogue of errors

As time goes by, Theresa May’s minority administration resembles Oscar Wilde’s story The Portrait of Dorian Grey.

For although the pleasant face is one of strong, stable and decisive government, lurking behind the scenes is the hideous apparition of a catalogue of errors!

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Her disastrous time at the Home Office is coming back to haunt her, most recently with the problems of the Windrush generation (pictured) that could also be attributed to her.

The snap 2017 election focused only on her, lost the Conservative Party its majority, and the public perception of offering a £1bn incentive to Northern Ireland’s DUP MPs for their votes very poor.

The traditional law and order party image that Conservatives like to portray has now gone with obvious loss of control of London’s streets as multiple murders go on and on.

DS Boyes

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Can’t rewrite stale script

The actor Sir Patrick Stewart starred in the opening scenes of a new production which opened on The Andrew Marr Show.

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It was the People’s Vote, a campaign to give the electorate the right to vote on the terms of any eventual Brexit agreement.

Alas, it was an unconvincing plot which even Sir Patrick’s undoubted star quality was unable to rescue.

The script was weak and, when asked what would happen if the electorate rejected the Brexit deal, there was an embarrassing pause.

Whether Sir Patrick had forgotten his lines, or the scriptwriters had simply failed to anticipate such an elementary question, the spluttered response was an anti-climax.

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He didn’t know what would happen: maybe we would just stay in the EU or maybe the Government would be sent back to re-open negotiations for a better deal.

Marr clinically exploded this hapless performance by pointing out that there was no certainty that we had the right to unilaterally opt to stay in the EU.

It seems unlikely that this production will resonate with the public.

It is a rehash of similar ones and this latest rendition has nothing new to offer.

Thomas W Jefferson

via email

chorley fc

It was only Chorley banter

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I thought I would express my anger at the recent report regarding Mr Ian Livesey (Broadcaster banned over ‘sexist’ remark, LP April 11).

I fully support Ian in what he said. After all, it’s what we call Chorley banter.

In no way did I find it offensive, we’ve all witnessed a lot worse.

Regarding the complainant, who I believe was a female fan, I think you should stay at home and help the referee with her ironing, because in no way was the statement offensive.

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The chairman, or whoever made the decision to ban Ian, in my option, are wrong. On closing, I wish Ian all the best and good luck and to say I, like many others, fully support you.

Neil Kershaw


EDITOR’S NOTE: Letters are one person’s opinion and do not reflect editorial policy.


Cut calories

– no counting

I recently read an article on obesity, giving the total number of calories to be taken in a day.

This is always difficult.

I would like to add a few suggestions.

Stop eating on the streets. It never used to be accepted and the calories are not needed – it is just comfort food and adds to the litter problem.

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Restaurants, cafés, takeaways and fish and chip portions should all be smaller as standard, as they used to be, and larger portions available on request. The large plates are ludicrous and unnecessary.

Stop promoting alcoholic drinks at the end of a working day as normal, I doubt that it is in most households.

Scones, cakes and cream cakes all used to be smaller, and more savoury snacks should be promoted as Greggs have found out. This would reduce the calorie count without counting!

V Walker

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