Letters and emails on January 27, 2012

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According to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Britain’s failing schools are ‘forcing UK firms to choose foreign workers’ who are hard working, punctual and have a more positive attitude. As one of Britain’s fastest growing property maintenance companies we are expanding our London operation nationally and expecting an avalanche of applications from British workers when we advertise regionally. It is becoming acceptable for the young in Britain to be unemployed and use the economic situation and the massive youth unemployment figures as an excuse. We want to see younger British workers mobilised to take on the challenge of getting out to work and delivering a service like ours. Many employers consider that the education system in Britain was simply not ‘fit for purpose’. About 12% of employers reported that they would be hiring school-leavers in 2012 and less than a quarter said that they would be considering employing 17-18-year-olds. However, as a company with a turnover in excess of £10m, our plans to expand into the regions will involve creating hundreds of new jobs and there will be opportunities available for young workers in many parts of the country. We would ask motivated youngsters, who have the get-up-and-go to leave the benefit culture behind them, to check their local press. Will Davies, Founder, aspect.co.uk

Bus ride tragedy raised questions

I would like to congratulate your newspaper for not naming the man whose mother recently died, whilst they were travelling together on a bus. I would also like to congratulate the police for the sensitivity they appear to have shown. What happened raises the question of how often people die on buses and trains, in cinemas, theatres, shops and other public places. Are staff told what to do and are they given sound information? When there are no suspicious circumstances, if the person left a will, then whoever is responsible for dealing with it can take immediate control. If there is no will, then the nearest relative has legal control. That suggests the son mentioned in your report, may well have had legal control but it is unlikely that any public officials were aware of that fact. In other words, the security guard had no obvious reason to chase after the son. Had he known his rights, he could have said, “My mother has died and I am legally in control but I would welcome help.” In May 2000, Charlie Rowlin from Hull was dying. He was determined to travel with supporters to the Rugby League Cup final in Scotland. There he died and he travelled home on a bus with a relative and friends. What they didn’t know, was that permission is required to cross the Scottish border. The body of anyone who dies in England and Wales can be moved in anyone’s car at any time, without any official consent, as long as a coroner does not need to investigate. We must all act as though others are innocent, unless we know they have been found guilty. We are so afraid of death, that we act as though others are guilty, until they are proven innocent. It is our ignorance which is at fault. Some NHS and hospice staff still believe that fees have to be paid for crossing parish or country boundaries. Such daft ideas would be swept aside if all public servants received basic information on law, from one credible organisation. John Bradfield, Bereavement Social Worker, via e-mail

It’s humanly impossible

As Prime Minister David Cameron travels to Strasbourg to plead for the reform of the European Court of Human Rights, perhaps he should consider whether he would have been better off saving the air fare and staying at home. The European Court, like the political institutions of the European Union, has its own agenda to peddle. Also like the EU, it has its own instincts for self-preservation at the expense of democracy. Meaningful reform will be resisted as the court seeks to control every aspect of our daily lives. And that is irrespective of the detriment it causes to our country. The only alternative is to withdraw from its tentacles. The sooner the Prime Minister realises that the better it will be for Britain and its citizens. We need to be in charge of our own affairs. B MacDougall, via e-mail

Include danger roads in test

We are calling on the Government to make driving on rural A-roads a mandatory part of the driving test. Some 82% of rural fatal and serious casualties are on single carriageway roads compared with just 18% on motorways and dual carriageways. However the current driving test fails to take this into account. While good instructors understand that experience on a wide variety of roads in different conditions gives young people the best chance of survival, all too many merely educate up to the existing test standard. Yes, knowledge of parking, emergency stops and low speed manoeuvres is important. But dealing with high speed corners, bad weather, and overtaking are far more vital skills. Our recent report “The fast and the curious”, found that new drivers themselves felt unprepared for real life scenarios and would welcome extra help. We have written to the road safety minister to outline our views on how we believe the Government should tackle deaths and accidents of the highest risk group on our roads - young drivers. This starts with improving the driving test to include training on single-carriageway rural A-roads. Driver and rider error is a contributory factor in most accidents. We can only improve our cars and roads so far. The challenge now is to improve the humans that drive them. Simon Best, Institute of Advanced Motorists

Invisible? That’s just risible

In response to your article headlined “Councillor hits back over ‘invisible’ claim,” I’d like to add my voice to the chorus of support for Councillor Matthew Brown. Having known Matthew for a number of years, I can say that no city councillor works as hard as he does for the working people of Preston. His commitment to making our city a fairer, more accessible and more affordable place to live through his hard work and persistence around campaigns for more social housing and a proper living wage, should be recognised and commended. Paul Adams, Ribblesdale Place, Preston

A word to the wise, please

I was recently unsuccessful in an application for a post with a large organisation as an events assistant. Upon enquiry, I was told that although I had shown I had “organised” events, I had not demonstrated that I had “administered” any. Therefore I was not shortlisted. Can any reader enlighten me as to what the difference between “organising” and “administering” events might be? JL, via email