Reader’s letters - Monday January 19, 2015

Chorley's ex-soap star Ken Morley on Celebrity Big Brother (see letter)
Chorley's ex-soap star Ken Morley on Celebrity Big Brother (see letter)
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Changing face of language

Today I watched my daily dose of Loose Women on ITV and never again. I am no fan of Ken Morley but I was disgusted and outraged by the way in which he was victimised and bullied into making an apology by the panel.

I turned over because it made me feel very uncomfortable. I watched a re run of an old film on TV over Christmas “The Dam Busters” it’s the story of Sir Barnes Wallace.

Great film and there is a scene where a much loved - by the air squadron - black dog called “nigger” was called by its name a few times.

They haven’t obliterated that from the history books or taken the film off and apologised because it caused offence and neither should they.

Dianne Sharples, via e-mail

Anger seems so unnecessary

How sad to see the letter from Sad Old Timer of Lostock Hall raging over multiculturalism in Great Britain (letters January 9).

Cutting through the clumsy sarcasm it is really sad for a man of 80 years to reach his stage of life and be consumed with so much fear and loathing at the changing face of society.

Name and address supplied

Disabled badge step misplaced

Does Preston Council have to continue to prove they put little thought into anything.

The proposal to limit blue badge parking to three hours parking for blue badge holders proves the point.

Disabled people have many varied disabilities, what could take a partially sighted person to shop in four hours could take three hours for someone in a wheelchair and could take one hour for someone who has a carer who pushes the disabled person’s wheelchair.

There are disabilities not visually obvious but require rest and recovery on a frequent basis.

It begs the questions: ‘What precisely is the council’s motivation?

What experience do they have of a disabled person’s needs (I do)? Which councillor put forward the proposal and why?

Steve Green, Preston

Costs of police does not add up

Does Bernard Darbyshire not understand what has been happening with police forces across the country, and not just here in Lancashire (letters December 30)?

They are all strapped for cash following central government cuts, so how does he expect Lancashire Police to reduce the precept by 10 per cent “..without reducing police effectiveness” when they are already doing all they can to find savings of £20m?

Also, does Mr Darbyshire realise that the cuts being made so far are not only costing those arrested time and money, but they are removing officers from our streets and adding to global warming.

How so, you may ask? Well, suppose you get arrested in Chorley at 9pm on a Monday the likelihood is that you will be taken by two officers (who are taken off their duties for an extra hour while driving to/from Skelmersdale – the Chorley and Leyland cells are now closed) and you spend the night there being questioned, but are released without charge the following morning.

But unfortunately it’s now not only too late to get to work on time, but you are told to make your own way home (even worse if you have no money on you).

So Mr Darbyshire, would you still like to save your £15 a year or instead try to help a police force struggling to meet the cuts imposed by central government. I think we are lucky that the consultation even includes a ‘freeze the payment’ option.

Tracey Wilkinson, via email

Mantra on new jobs created

In response to the letter ‘Real Life Behind the Statistics’, in (letters January 9), Ms Yates accuses me of repeating something often enough so people will sooner or later come to believe it. However, she repeats Labour’s false mantra that the 1.8m new jobs created since the last General Election are mainly part-time or zero hours contracts. However, the truth is the vast majority of the new jobs are full-time.

Ms Yates also accuses me of being unacquainted with the realities faced by many in South Ribble. As someone who was brought up in the Ribble Valley and who has worked for the family company, based in Preston, for many years I am aware of how a strong economy creates jobs and prosperity for people in South Ribble. The reality is without a strong economy then people have no jobs and less tax revenue is raised to pay for the vital local services we all rely upon.

A couple of weeks after I was selected last summer I moved in to a home in Hutton, at the heart of the constituency. Since then I have shopped locally, met many community groups and residents, and am in the process of surveying local small businesses.

I have been hearing what local residents really want from their MP and, if I am elected in May, I will continue to listen and stand up for the people of South Ribble.

Seema Kennedy, Conservative Parliamentary candidate for South Ribble

No need for all house building

For all those of us who continue to wonder why we need all this additional housing our Government continues to force upon us, I have extracted some figures from their very own website which makes very interesting reading. Just over 635,000 homes in England are uninhabited. Around 216,000 of these have been empty for over six months.

Scotland has a further 25,000 long term empty homes, Wales a further 23,000. Why do we need to build all these new houses when the stock is already there?

Why not buy up these properties, renovate them to a reasonable standard and sell them at a small profit to encourage and assist our new buyers?

If developers can do it, then surely our Government can. This will provide jobs and maybe new apprenticeship schemes. It may even help fill the coffers. Is it me... or is it too obvious?

Jeff Seel, Longridge