Readers' letters - May 5

I'd saunter off with my nose in the air

Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 5:31 pm
Updated Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 5:36 pm
A correspondent recalls the days of being wolf-whistled by workers

When I was younger, I used to get wolf- whistled at quite a lot.

If I went anywhere near a building site or roadworks, for example, the whistling and howling would soon start.

I didn’t like it!

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I’d saunter off with my nose in the air or shout out what had become my standard retort, “Can I help you find your sheepdog?”, then exit the scene whilst responses like “I’ve not got a sheepdog luv, I just fancy you!” were ringing in my ears.

Basically, I saw them as a bunch of sexist louts with no respect for womankind and that they reckoned we were put on this planet purely for their gratification.

Now, 30 to 40 years later, no one would dream of wolf-whistling at me, not even on their way to Specsavers!

Any trip past a building site is met with a wall, (so to speak), of silence.

Yes, I still see them as a bunch of misogynists, but in a strange kind of way, I miss being whistled at!

Oh, my 20-something self would be ashamed of me, but there you go.

Oh well, that’s me I guess, never satisfied!

CM Langan

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Undermining our democracy

I think it is time Britain got rid of the House of Lords because it is an unelected sector of Parliament and yet it can still undermine a Government in the House of Commons. This is a Government intending to deliver the democratic wishes of the people, especially on leaving the European Union (EU).

That actually makes Britain a mild dictatorship disguised as a democracy, dictated from the House of Lords, who are a hopeless shower regarding Brexit.

They are playing the same role today as 1930s appeasers such as Neville Chamberlain and Lord Halifax – and therefore humiliating their own country against the will of the electorate.

It is time for joint angry demonstrations against both the EU and the Lords, who only want to force us to reluctantly remain under European dictatorship for their own very selfish reasons.

R N Coupe

Lostock Hall

Could you be a foster carer?

Thank you for your coverage of Foster Care Fortnight (May 14-27), which plays an invaluable role in bringing the importance of foster care to the attention of your readers.

Whilst we cannot tell you the names of the many children in care in Lancashire, we can confirm that their numbers are increasing and that the number of foster carers is not keeping pace.

We would therefore appeal to anyone who has ever considered fostering to come forward. Almost anyone can apply to foster, provided they are aged between 25 and 70 and in good health.

At Community Foster Care, we provide free training and 24-hour support every step of the way. There are currently more than 1,350 children in foster care in Lancashire – children who, through no fault of their own, need support, understanding and a safe place to be at a difficult time in their young lives. Foster carers make a huge difference to their life chances and enabling them to develop and grow. It can be a hugely rewarding role and a life-changing experience – and hopefully one which many of your readers might wish to try.

Mark Kingston

Community Foster Care