Where will powerhouse be?
An announcement from George Osborne entitled “Road Investment in the North West” announces a new bypass for Morpeth.
Well, that is quite some bypass – as Morpeth was in Northumberland last time I checked!
So, we have George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, who thinks that Northumberland is in the North West, and his father-in-law Lord Howell, who famously described Lancashire as in the ‘desolate North East’.
With this sense of geography, I can’t help but wonder where the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ will end up.
One might think that with an election looming, the Ministers and Whitehall departments who planned this transport strategy, would have cared sufficiently to actually check the map?
But apparently not.
And as to who will get the road and who will get the fracking, your guess is as good as mine....
T. Froud, Lytham
NHS spending ‘not been cut’
The LEP stated that the NHS in England had been “hammered by funding cuts” (LEP, Friday, March 20).
This is not true. In fact, NHS spending has increased from £100.4bn to £113.0bn – this is a rise ABOVE inflation of 4.7 per cent over the last five years.
Across the North West, this means over 600 more doctors employed in the NHS.
Conservatives did this, despite Labour Health Secretary Andy Burnham calling our plan to protect and increase NHS spending “irresponsible” at the last General Election.
Moreover, Conservatives in Government have pledged that, if elected, we will continue protecting our NHS and increasing its budget, above inflation, over the next five years too.
Protecting our NHS, while getting the deficit down, has been a central plank of the Government’s clear, long-term economic plan for Britain.
Our country can only continue to invest in our NHS and other public services in future if we can maintain the strong and growing economy Conservatives are delivering in Government.
The greatest risk for our NHS is if Ed Miliband and Ed Balls get into Downing Street and Labour get their hands on our recovering economy and wreck it. A Labour Government wouldn’t just risk our economy, it would risk our NHS and public services too.
Richard Holden, Conservative PPC for Preston
Seema Kennedy, Conservative PPC for South Ribble
Rob Loughenbury, Conservative PPC for Chorley
Bill and Ben at Question Time
What has happened to the BBC 1 programme Question Time? A lot of their panellists are so boring. And recently when David Dimbleby addressed two male MPs as Bill and Ben – that was the only humorous comment in the whole programme.
But when the end of the programme was nearing, one of the male MPs who had been called Bill said something to David Dimbleby. Dimbleby said: “Is that true?” Sadly, that was the end of it. What Dimbleby should have said was: “Is it just a load of “flobba-dobba-lobba-dobba as per usual!”
It’s a pity the lady perched on the end of the table wasn’t classed as “little weed!” But, Dimbleby had to tread carefully. If his comment insulted the height of this particular woman, all hell would have broken out. Oh, don’t we all just hate all this political correctness rubbish!
So now all the campaigning by all the political parties is now underway. Or, is all this ‘political jargon’ just a load of “flobba-dobba-lobba-dobba?”
Darryl Ashton, Blackpool
Acts of kindness helped my mum
I feel I must put something in writing by way of saying thank you to all the kind people who came to our aid on Saturday, March 21.
I was walking round Preston docks with my mum. Unfortunately she tripped and fell over.
She was in a bad way and sustained a nasty facial injury.
I would like to thank the young lad sitting on a bench who rushed over and took his sweatshirt off to put under mum’s head, also the young girl who rang for an ambulance, and the staff from Chiquito, especially the young man who was a first aider. He helped so much, providing support to both my mum and myself.
I would also like to thank the ambulance staff, along with the nurses, doctors and reception staff in A&E, for all their kindness to my mum and for the efficient follow up we received.
I didn’t get the names of the people who helped, but I hope through your column they read this message.
Mum is making a steady recovery and would also like to convey her thanks for the kindness we received. Acts like this restore your faith in human nature. We have a marvellous health service which needs to be greatly valued.
Helen Wilding via email
Remember Dr Cank of PRI?
Regarding your recent stories of the old Preston Royal Infirmary, one man who worked in the A&E I can never forget. Anyone else remember Dr Cank? It was March 1957 , and I had been carted in with a broken leg. I was on a trolley in a passage, listening to the mournful cries of the current patient having his leg set. Turned out to be Ken Clayton of Blackburn Rovers .
At this point, this huge figure, looking more like a farmer than a medic, arrived on the scene , grabbed the toes of my broken leg and wiggled them.
This pain was spectacular and I, shall we say, voiced my objections! He gave a huge belly laugh, explained that this was the best way to ensure there was feeling in my leg and congratulated me on my extensive knowledge of the English language!
That wasn’t the only time we met, but it was the first and most memorable. There must be many Prestonians who came across this wonderful character.
Allan Fazackerley via email