One rule for ruling classes
I find it appalling that Lord Jenner is not being prosecuted for his alleged crimes against children. What is wrong with the CPS that they have decided not to prosecute because of his ill health?
It seems to me there is one rule for the Lords, and one for the rest of the people in the country. If one of my family or somebody I know had been accused of crimes such as this, then health would not have come into the picture.
Once again this widens the gap between ordinary people and the privileged. This is what is wrong with our country, and in view of the forthcoming elections, I think it’s time that Westminster and bodies such as the CPS got their act cleaned up.
I remain yours in disgust.
Mrs Beveridge, Garstang
No need to rush into fracking
Ms Murphy of the Chamber of Commerce is concerned about delays regarding fracking decisions – she seems to be unaware that the current delay was requested by Cuadrilla, and occurred after the hearing of the applications at LCC had actually started (LEP April 20).
While it is understandable that she would want Lancashire businesses to benefit if fracking goes ahead, there is an ever increasing body of evidence that advises caution and a moratorium on the industry at the very least.
I hope Ms Murphy has seen the letter from Mr Barker in the LEP (letters April 21), and will take a look at the conclusions of the independent reports by the Environmental Audit Committee and Medact, that he refers to.
The Environmental Audit report says: “A moratorium on the extraction of unconventional gas through fracking is needed to avoid both the inconsistency with our climate change obligations and to allow the uncertainty surrounding environmental risks to be fully resolved.”
And the Medact report states: “There are now over 450 peer-reviewed publications in this field, consisting of studies, reviews and commentaries. A significant majority indicate potential risks or actual adverse health effects associated with shale gas development.”
It is clear to all who have read them that the negatives of the shale gas industry outweigh the positives. Businesses can make money in other ways, but our health and environment should not be subjected to such risks.
T Froud , Lytham
Star a credit to talent spotter
After reading the two-page ‘Big Interview’ with Kevin Kilbane, which I found very interesting (LEP April 11), I would like to give you some more interesting news about him.
He said about Deepdale, Preston, “This is my club, I supported them as a boy, was a ball boy at Deepdale and started my career there.”
But I think that his career really began, when, as a seven or eight-year-old child, he was dribbling a football up and down the schoolyard, behind St Gregory’s School. As soon as Kevin moved into the juniors, one of the junior teachers trained him to play “proper” football, together with David Lucas and Alan Kelly’s son.
The teacher was Keith Aspinall, who was the trainer many years ago for Dick, Kerr Ladies.
It is just a pity that Keith isn’t still living to see all that Kevin has achieved. Congratulations Kevin.
C Straynor, Preston
Last orders for The Woolpack
So, major characters are about to be killed off in Emmerdale – a fire is to ravage the village to commemorate 25 years of the soap. Is there any chance this fire can just kill off this depressing soap for good?
Darryl Ashton, Blackpool
Tartan dreams for freedom
Regarding Graham Nelson’s letter (letters April 17), I’ve got to agree , especially with his view on Sturgeon. I believe, like her predecessor, her one aim is to be High Chieftain of an independent tartan race.
She doesn’t care if Faslane goes, and all the jobs with it , or if the people of Scotland will have to fork out for tuition fees, hospital parking and prescription charges currently subsidised by Westminster. No, she wants her face on Scottish postage stamps and blow everyone else. I would love Scotland to still be part of Britain, but not at any price.
If she wants the brickies in to rebuild the wall, so be it. But I should warn her that if they do become independent, Sean Connory has threatened to come home, so it serves you right! Trouble is, love , I think you have been watching too many trashy Mel Gibson films.
Allan Fazackerley, Penwortham
Horse trading is under way
It was truly frightening to witness the unrestrained political bargaining being blatantly and openly conducted between Nicola Sturgeon of the SNP and Ed Miliband of Labour on the formation of the next UK Coalition Government, under the supposed chairmanship of David Dimbleby, during the last TV election debate.
It was truly frightening since this was taking place before any election has occurred but so confident are the SNP that they will effectively have control of any
future Westminster Government, that they feel they can openly challenge the anticipated future enfeebled Labour Party they wish to join with, to enable them to enforce their own policies. Unfortunately, even if they are unsuccessful in forcing a coalition on a desperate to rule Miliband (which is far from improbable), such will be their strength in any event that they will make life very uncomfortable for any future UK government.
So we can expect to see no removal of the existing ‘Barnet Formula’ whereby Scottish NHS patients receive £1,400 more per person than their English and Welsh equivalents, but certain removal of Britain’s independent nuclear deterrent from the Clyde together with their constant pushing for another Scottish Independence referendum date.
E J Tilley, Chorley