Readers' letters - March 14

Tory Chancellor has alienated voters

By The Newsroom
Tuesday, 14th March 2017, 4:31 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:56 am

If the Budget was designed to insult and alienate our self-employed workers, then it was a resounding success.

Unfortunately for Philip Hammond and the Conservative Party, these are the very people who not only are the lifeblood of our economy, but potentially almost all will be Tory voters.

The Conservative Party is, or was, the only party in the UK to support enterprise and hard work, which is typical of the self-employed individual running his or her own business. These brave and hardworking people often risk the family home and all their savings in order to make their chosen enterprise successful, thereby enabling them to create jobs and wealth for others as well as for themselves.

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The question I would like to ask Philip Hammond is this – why are you punishing the primary capitalists of the UK for such a miniscule amount of tax raised when £12bn of hard-earned cash goes to third world countries each year?

Dick Lindley

Via email


Great example to other people

I just wanted to say how proud I was to read last week’s article, Teen takes to the street to clean up (LP March 8).

As a council, we do a lot of work to keep the streets clean and tidy but it is great to see people doing their bit and taking pride in their area.

As a council, we have to work more and more with communities to keep improving services and this was a great example to others.

The reaction to Ross’s actions show how much people appreciate it and what a difference it can make to a neighbourhood.

We are always keen to support individuals or local groups wanting to do their bit so, if you have wanted to get involved but have not been sure where to start, then please get in touch with us at or call us on 01257 515151.

Coun Adrian Lowe

Executive Member Streetscene Services


Judge had a sensible point

What is it with social media that, when someone is brave enough to voice their personal opinion, they are taken to task for doing so?

Judge Lindsey Kushner was quite right to state that women need to take care when out for an evening to ensure they stay safe, regardless of the amount of liquor they drink.

However, it appears that sexual violence groups are taking her to task for saying so: citing that the man is always to blame in any rape case that is reported.

What the critics fail to appreciate is that women that drink almost to the point of being incapable are being stupid and, as the judge quite correctly stated, leaving themselves open to abuse.

What is wrong in someone pointing that out? If a couple of hikers decided to climb the Matterhorn wearing trainers and summer clothing, resulting in the mountain rescue having to be called because they were in difficulties with exposure and suffering frostbite, most people would no doubt consider they were stupid, having acted irresponsibly. So what is the difference between the idiotic hikers and women drinking to the point they have no idea of what is happening either around them or to them?


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‘Cry baby remainers’

All those lawyers and Lords who are trying to stamp out Brexit by blocking it in the House of Lords are the worse cry babies in living memory because they are not man enough to admit EU referendum defeat. They have no respect for democracy and are behaving like mini tinpot dictators, as if they are trying to introduce Robert Mugabe-style politics to Britain.

They don’t care about what it best for Britain as long as the EU lines their pockets with fat gold-plated pensions. They are converting Britain from a democracy to an autocracy and behaving disgracefully by loading the dice unfairly in favour of the EU remainers, even after they lost the referendum.

R N Coupe

Lostock Hall


Suggestions in raising funds

Blaise Tapp’s comment (LP, March 8) raises the right questions, but fails to produce any answers.

Yes, austerity is causing a good deal of dissatisfaction, and even misery, in many instances. but how are we to solve this problem?

More particularly, where are the funds to be raised in order to fill this gap?

Might I suggest that the billions of dubious expenditure on the EU budget; foreign aid which, in many cases, ends up in the wrong pockets; useless vanity projects such as Trident; and the cash thrown at initiatives which should be self-funding (such as sport and the arts) might be better spent on the basic infrastructure on which our success as a competitive nation depends? Not to mention the puny cost of a few more tax inspectors saving us vast sums in tax evasion?

Walter Cairns

via email

overseas aid

What about the homeless?

I write in reference to the letter from Mr Fazackerley about money going to Pakistan (LP Letters, February 27). This is a disgrace.

What about the homeless and sick?

This country is far too soft and money should go to our schools and hospitals.

I voted Brexit to leave and am not ashamed who knows.

Linda Hassouna



Open up Fox Street to traffic

Re: Fishergate. All the council has done is move the Fishergate traffic problem to London Road.

Why not open up Fox Street and make it one way from Fishergate down to Fleet Street and the Ring Road?