Reader’s letters - Wednesday September 03, 2014

House of Lords is ready for change and one reader has a plan (see letter)
House of Lords is ready for change and one reader has a plan (see letter)
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Time for new governance

Regarding the letter from K Sheridan (letters August 25), we should agree that we need some sort of senate (now called House of Lords) to cause delay, from time to time, and make the House of Commons think twice about some of its sillier or unjust bills.

Such senate,as I would call it, should not be filled by aristo Lords nor political appointee jobsworths. Nor is there point in electing it... we already have an elected parliament

We need a senate populated by those who can demonstrate intelligence and/or experience. Do not confuse intelligence with knowledge. The two are not directly connected.

Intelligence is the facility to perceive connections; to analyse accurately; to think logically and to solve problems with resources to hand. Knowledge is to know stuff about subjects already observed and analysed.

Intelligent people tend only to have good knowledge about some subjects at least. Experience tells me there are plenty of educationally disadvantaged children/adults, who are actually pretty smart and think well but are not especially knowledgeable about any particular subject.

Knowledgeable people may or may not be intelligent. The fact they are knowledgeable about something, will tell you nothing of their intelligence or lack thereof.

Be clear intelligence per se, is not enough for success in life. Application, diligence and knowledge is vital too.

My proposed senate should be peopled by those who can/must demonstrate a total “score” derived from intelligence IQ plus experience plus knowledge.

I would suggest a requirement score of, say, 180 made up from IQ plus one point for every year old from 25 to 65 plus five points for every GCSE subject (or eight points for previous “O” level GCE) passed at grade C or above.

Any person who could score 180 would have the right to a seat in the new senate, if they wished, and at any time they wished. No other person would be admitted!

Voting in the new senate would be in secret, no organised political parties would be recognised and the new senate could not deny the Commons but could delay and ask for reconsideration.

If the participants of the new senate were demonstrably “smart” people ( as I think my plan would do), the Commons might find it difficult to circumvent the new senate without very good reasons.

Most of the current placemen etc. would probably not make the grade. Good job too in many cases!

This will work and be a breathe of fresh air in the British body politic and, having so demonstrated, could then be applied to the Commons and maybe local government is some way.

Nigel Taylor, address supplied

Row should not waiver faith

As regards two or more letters rightly commenting on the attitude of the Catholic reaction to events in Bamber Bridge, one does not abandon the Catholic faith because of personal differences.

I treasure infinitely my belief in the Holy Mass, the Transubstantiation of the body and blood of Our Lord from bread and wine.

The Resurrection, the Ascension, the Pentecost, the rising of the dead from their graves on the last day.

The Assumption of Our Lady who was never buried. More than one hundred visions of Mary the virgin, the mother of God made man.

The 15 decades of the Rosary, the Stations of the Cross, the Holy marriage of man and woman and the purity and love of the doctrines of the catholic faith.

If any one person with their finite brain understood the infinite beauty of the catholic dogmas they would be walking in paradise.

Humbly in the Holy Trinity, Fulwood

Memories of old Moons Mill

Further to the article regarding the anniversary of the cotton trade in Higher Walton (LEP August 19), it referred to Moons Mill which later became known as Preston Tyre Fabric.

I worked in the office there as a typist approximately six months.

My father was a foreman dyer at F A Gatty’s and eventually I became employed as a typist at Spinners directly opposite. I sent samples of khaki and white cloth abroad to Karachi and other foreign countries.

I was the only female at that time with a warehouse and office staff, all male, another female was employed later.

I hope this fills in a little more of the story.

A Hunt, Walton-le-Dale

Look back for source of woes

Scotland leaving the UK (if in fact she does) is, in my opinion, no more than a symptom of a long-standing decline.

The UK, Great Britain, England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales call it what you will was once a powerhouse of industry and in that powerhouse was a vast community of shared labour content to work together and made up of skilled hardworking people both young and old. (Look into the history of Gorton Tank to see a time when Britain made the world’s locomotives).

Miners in Scotland shared bread with miners in Derby and miners in Salford shared a table with miners in the Rhondda – so one might say the UK was at one time firmly held together by a powerful hammer-forged framework that has been systematically put to the torch in favour of the banks - the new UK breadbasket of the late 1970s early 1980s.

In 1979 work suddenly became a dirty word, industry something better suited to the third world. Ship building, mining and steel had no place in the thoughts of a grocer’s daughter from Grantham and in one fell swoop Maggie Thatcher and the Tories poured an acrid solvent on the vital adhesive which held Britain and her people together – the poll tax - the last straw.

The UK presently occupies a very precarious inward looking position trapped in a currency cockfight between a powerful past and a diminishing future and all because the bonds which tied have gone and the bigger picture now well out of focus and for that we shouldn’t blame Labour - the fault, I believe, lies firmly at the Tory door.

Joseph Dawson, Withnell, Chorley