Readers' letters - July 10

What do you think of Donald Trump's visit to the UK?
What do you think of Donald Trump's visit to the UK?
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Where were protests against Mugabe?

It is reported that such are the numbers of the large crowds of people being assembled to object to President Trump during his visit to Britain, that his route is being revised to keep him largely away from the capital.

This is the properly-elected leader of the United States, Britain’s best friend which came to our aid in two world wars and has since protected the peace in Europe.

As such he is entitled to a polite and proper welcome – even from those who disagree with his politics.

Odd how the left hates our friends and loves our enemies. I cannot recall any major protest movement when Robert Mugabe (to name only one of several murderous dictators) came to Britain.

Arthur Quarmby

via email

n I don’t like Trump and am baffled how such a buffoon came to power.

He appears to court controversy among all and sundry and so how can he expect there not to be protests?

But why only Trump?

There are too many countries with human, animal and environmental rights abuses.

Some even worse then the USA! Is the anti-Trump protest a sign of a new movement emerging where people will campaign against wrongdoings wherever they occur?

Or is this just a one-off bandwagon, targeting one man and country, and once the visit is over, the campaigners will jump off the wagon until the next ‘trendy’ protest comes along?

I hope the former, but sadly I suspect the latter.

Voice of Reason

Via email


Show was a superb success

The Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show took place on Saturday, July 7, and despite the heat of the day and the England match, it was a superb success.

The animals were given the best care by the section leaders and the owners, who brought a great array of cattle, heavy and light horses, sheep, poultry, dogs and pigs.

Displays in the WI, children’s sections and horticulture were superb.

The visitors who attended were able to watch the England match as volunteers had installed their own televisions in the marquees, as well as see a wide display of agricultural machinery, locally produced goods and trades and the Street Monkeys display.

The one-day show was the result of months of planning by volunteers. Some volunteers even took a week’s holiday leave to prepare the show in the run-up to the Saturday, while a small army of others gave their time tirelessly to prepare the field during the week and also after the show had finished.

As a volunteer myself for the show, I find the selfless commitment in time and sponsorship by the good folk around Longridge and Goosnargh to be truly magnificent and I am proud to be one of the team.

Jean Hill

GLAS volunteer


What about our wet winter?

The audacity of United Utilities issuing water saving advice on their website.

If anyone ever needed advice on how to save water, it is United Utilities itself.

What has it done with all the rainwater which

fell during the last wet winter?

Every year is the same.

Hot countries conserve their water but water companies seem incapable of doing so.

Despite this they make millions of pounds profit each year.

It’s about time the government took them to task.

Martin Whiteside



Water shortage not our fault

I received an email from United Utilities, with the subject line, Water Supply Advice.

The message stated that United Utilities “needed our help” to avoid a hosepipe ban.

It states: “If we can all do our bit, this will reduce the risk of lower water pressure or no water at all.” The implication is that if there is a hosepipe ban, it is our fault. This is one of the wettest parts of the country and it seems like it never stops raining. If the water does run out, it is the fault of this company for investing too little in a sustainable water network.

Mike Barker

via email


Bring back Ham & Jam

Visitors to the Ham & Jam coffee bar (pictured above inset) will be heart-broken by its sudden closure.

Ham & Jam, which hosts a variety of arts events, as well as well as serving excellent coffee, deserves to be supported for the contribution it makes to

the growth of Preston as a lively venue in a university city.

We would ask that anyone who can help to bring it back to life to do everything you can to help to save it.

Phil and

Gill Pacey