Reader’s letters - Wednesday February 11, 2015

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Thieves not welcome here

The Evening Post reports on the conviction of ‘a gang of professional thieves who travelled the country stealing high value goods from shops and supermarkets’ (LEP February 7).

For their sins they have been given a few weeks’ detention, which I am sure they will consider to be a welcome free holiday.

Though these four Romanians have over 50 previous convictions between them, the judge, in her wisdom, stated that she was unable to deport them as their sentences were too light.

If that is the case, the question must be asked why longer sentences were not imposed?

Does this country really want these sort of immigrants whom we seem powerless to get rid of?

EU regulations or not, these thieves should not be allowed to remain in the UK, perhaps if their sentences were served in their home country, they may hesitate before returning and offending again.

How much have these people already cost the taxpayer and how much more will they cost in the future?

Mike McCarthy, Ribbleton

My sympathy for parishioners

I would like to support Ignation parishioners, with reference to the closure of St Ignatius RC Church in Preston, a beautiful church, which I attended in 1950.

My first daughter was baptised there on May 29 by Father Corr (letters, January 6).

It was still a Jesuit church then.

My sister lived in the parish as well at that time and her three children, two boys and a girl, were also baptised there and I was godmother to the eldest one.

I belonged to St Augustine’s church where I was baptised, made my first confession, communion, confirmation, and was married there in June 1950 by Reverend Canon Leo Prescott.

I had attended St Augustine’s School and also Lark Hill Convent, so I saw the church where I was married closed like St Ignatius, also St Mary’s in Friargate which was a very well attended church, especially by workers in Preston on Holiday of Obligations.

My father used to go every Sunday to the 10.30am mass because he had belonged there as a boy and it had fond memories for him.

My mother had a friend who lived in Union Street, so she belonged to that parish and she used to visit her on Wednesday nights. They went together to Benediction for many years, the church was served by St Wilfrid’s, Preston.

When St Ignatius was taken over from the Jesuits and became secular, the first priest to take it over was Fr William Moulding.

He was ordained at St Augustine as was his brother and their father, William Moulding, headmaster of St Augustine’s boys school, where my brother attended.

It was a very sad day for me to see such a lovely church closed.

Thank God it is a Grade II listed building so they can’t destroy its frontage. The school did say Sunday Mass for several years, but that has also finished and parishioners now have to use St Joseph’s or St Wilfrid’s for weddings, baptisms and funerals.

Once again I feel very sorry for the parishioners of St Ignatius, and know just how they feel.

Name and address supplied

Nothing came of PM’s promise

A word in David Cameron’s ear. When the Scots have got you by the porridge oats, don’t promise the English things you can’t deliver. ‘

What’s good for Scotland is good for England’ were the words echoing in the street outside Number 10 recently and as ever nothing came of it – which funnily enough is a bit like my vote – it’s not coming either.

Joseph G Dawson, Chorley

Taken to task on taxation

I recently received through my letterbox a leaflet from the South Ribble Conservative party which included a piece from their parliamentary election candidate Seema Kennedy.

This contained several misleading statements which I feel duty bound to bring to the attention of your readers.

In this leaflet Ms Kennedy states the Conservatives will slash income tax for ‘30 million of the lowest paid workers’ .However, according to the Resolution Foundation think tank, 5m of the lowest paid workers earn so little they do not pay tax, so they will certainly not benefit from any tax cuts.

She makes no reference to the reasons why so many of us are low paid. This is pertinent since last week’s Institute of Fiscal Studies report details that real weekly wages have fallen steadily over thepast five years and are now lower in real terms than in 2001.

She then goes on to suggest that pension increases under Labour were ‘miserly’. This is not the case. Information provided by AXA Wealth and the Department of Work and Pensions shows that under the last Labour Government between April 2005 and April 2010 , the basic state pension for a single person rose from £82.05 to £97.65 or by £15.60. However, between April 2010 and January 2015, under this Conservative government, it rose from £97.65 to £113.10, a rise of £15.45. And of course we all know that £1 in 2005 bought you more than it does today.

Every university graduate will have been taught that when writing an essay, or some other such polemic , if you make a point it is essential to provide supporting evidence; to cite the source of such evidence; and the source should be reliable and of value. To do otherwise is to produce pure conjecture and that has no standing in truth.

Which brings me to my final point, Ms Kennedy states Labour will,‘ allow people to receive up to £54,000 in benefits every year…’ However, it turns out the source of this figure is an extrapolation made by the Conservative Culture Secretary Sajid Javid and was reported in an interview with The Sun newspaper as being ‘down to including some rents in benefits in more expensive parts of London, such as Kensington and Chelsea.’ Need I say more?

It has been said the first casualty of war is truth. It appears this is also the case in politics.

Theresa R Yates, via e-mail