A supermarket called BSC
Imagine if a company launched a national organisation called the The British Supermarket Corporation (BSC).
The government of the time decides to enact a law that every household who owns a refrigerator must pay £150 levy to that organisation on the principle that you might purchase goods from that supermarket and store it in your refrigerator.
If you own a refrigerator, but do not purchase any goods from that organisation and, on principle, do not pay the £150 levy, you will be taken to court and possibly sent to jail for your heinous crime.
Can you imagine the justifiable public outcry if this scenario was proposed by any modern government?
The same principle applies to the BBC and the licence fee.
I own a television but do not choose to watch any or only certain programmes delivered by the BBC.
Unfortunately if I do not purchase a TV licence, I will possibly serve a prison sentence for my actions.
I can understand this scenario in a socialist country where choice and freedom of the press and broadcasting is curtailed or manipulated, but in a supposedly free society we must be allowed to choose and freely purchase our media input without fear of imprisonment.
Bernard Darbyshire via email
Awe-inspiring literary event
What a privilege to be at Deepdale on March 5 to see 5,000 schoolchildren filling the Alan Kelly stand on World Book Day!
As a former English teacher, I found it quite awe-inspiring to see around 100 schools taking part in a truly remarkable literary event. The youngsters were clearly delighted to have the chance to meet some of the most famous modern children’s authors, and it is to the credit of the schools that they found time to give their pupils such a thought-provoking literary experience.
Due credit should also be given to PNE for agreeing to host the event and it was great to see photos in the subsequent match-day programme of players such as Joe Garner and David Buchanan giving the impression that reading books was more important than their training.
Finally, a special word of congratulations to Elaine Silverwood, of SilverDell Bookshop in Kirkham. One can only hazard a guess at the prodigious amount of time and effort she and her team must have given to enable the staging of such an event.
Well done to all concerned.
B Routledge, Chorley
Annoying calls about accident
One day last weekend, I had three calls purporting to be about a car accident I’d had.
Apart from the annoyance, it is very worrying to know that someone has details of your home, town, etc, and is very insistent that you have had an accident. How can these firms be allowed to continue causing stress? And where do they get this false information from? Is this not in breach of some law?
Annoyed motorist, Ashton
No respect for beauty spot
After working six days a week, Sundays are set aside for a nice long walk with my dog in what little bite of countryside we have left around here.
As you can see (from the picture on this page of Fishwick), someone doesn’t think the same or have the same respect as most of us. I hope this is taken into account when work starts in the New Hall Lane/Fishwick area or it will be a total waste of money.
Name and address supplied
PRI: A friendly place to work
Thanks for your picture of Preston Royal Infirmary (LEP letters, Wednesday, March
I trained as a nurse at the old PRI and, with the exception of two years (1983 to 1985), when I was night manager at Southport Promenade Hospital, I worked at the infirmary from 1972 until its closure. My main areas of work were medical ward, the intensive care unit and nurse management.
I was the last night nurse manager for both PRI & Sharoe Green Hospital.
I loved the place.
There was something special about it, and it was such a friendly place to work.
These days I work part time at Royal Preston as a facilitator of placements for health care professionals.
Gordon Jackson via email
Rest in peace Miss Lomax
I have just read the obituary of Miss Thora Lomax SRN (LEP March 13) and just felt I needed to write a few words.
She was the matron at Sharoe Green Hospital, where I trained as a SRN from 1967 to 1970. She had a dignified calm about her and, if she was around, the wards had to be in pristine condition (times were very strict).
She was always approachable and I remember her office just as you came through the main entrance.
I remember well the day we received our black belts from her when we qualified as staff nurses. Very happy memories.
Rest in peace Miss Lomax.
Anne Wilson (nee Banks) via email
City became a safe seat in 80s
In today’s LEP (March 9), the UKIP candidate for Preston shows how little he knows about the city of Preston, after spending 10 years in the borough of South Ribble, when he says the Preston constituency has been a safe Labour seat for generations.
Preston only became a safe Labour seat in 1983. Prior to that, the two constituencies of Preston North and Preston South were both key marginals.
Whoever took Preston North and Preston South usually became the government.
Graham Nelson, Preston