Readers’ letters - October 22

George Formby and Pat Howson at their engagement party at Ye Horns Inn, Goosnargh, Preston. See letter on page 21
George Formby and Pat Howson at their engagement party at Ye Horns Inn, Goosnargh, Preston. See letter on page 21
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Left wing bias of the BBC

Resident columnist Barry Freeman continued his predictable diatribe against all press and politicians anywhere to the right of Marx and Engels.

His cause celebre this week was his ‘poor crying lass’ (Michelle Dorrell), featured on the BBC Question Time (LEP October 19).

Despite the programme being broadcast from Dover, Ms Dorrell was bussed in from Folkestone, then chosen from an audience of over 200 to air her grievance.


She wailed how her tax credits were about to be pared by that ‘minted toff scumbag’ Tory chancellor despite her ‘working really hard’ for her money. Ms Dorrell occupies herself running a one-woman, nil- overhead, nail bar operation from her front room, yet still receives £400 per week tax credits.

Might I suggest that if she requires £400 /week to break even, despite ‘working really hard,’ her business acumen leaves a little to be desired. She may be better advised to ‘work really hard’ for someone more adept at generating a profit.

That ‘minted toff scumbag’ chancellor Osborne realises that, in a viable economy, all benefits handed out must be paid for by raised taxes, unlike the previous holder of the purse strings, Gordon Brown, and his maxim of borrow, borrow, borrow, to finance his unsustainable social engineering experiment.

BBC left wing bias is painfully obvious.

On the same show, professor Simon Schama was beating his chest about the UK needing to accept tens of thousands additional immigrants.

He lives in New York.

Charity begins anywhere but at home for the genuine ‘really hard-working’ tax-paying ordinary Joe English worker.

Pete Hanslip, Lostock Hall

New direction of St Ignatius

As a life-long member of St Ignatius Church, I was delighted to read the coverage you gave to mark the official re -opening of the church by the Syro-Malabar Community.

In the past few months so many people have commented to me at their sorrow (ill-founded) on the closure of our beloved church.

The publicity you have given to its new direction is very welcome.

The small congregations and the large old buildings of the town centre churches made them very financially unstable.

Regarding parishioners contacting Pope Francis about the closure, I assume our Holy Father has more to consider with all the demands and problems of the global church than considering ways of retaining one church in a small city with so many churches within easy reach of each other.

Anne Oastler via email

High prices for a poor service

So much for a decent public transport service for a city! Rotala has hiked up the fares again and, it appears, has cut the night services.

I was dismayed to find, whilst waiting for the 35 bus at 9pm on Tuesday, that there are only three an hour. No wonder people don’t want to get out of their cars and use the bus.

Those living in Ingol do not get a hospital service bus (the Orbit 88) on Sundays or Bank Holidays, the same bus that takes us to Asda and Morrisons.

So we have to go to the centre and catch another bus, making it two buses each way.

That’s hardly an ‘orbital’ route when it runs separately round Cottam and Fulwood. The same goes for the 44 – what have the people in Ingol done to upset Rotala? High prices and poor service – not exactly what you want for an ‘improved’ city is it?

Disgruntled Bus User of Preston

Great response from readers

The feature about the book, Formby’s Lost Love, in the Lancashire Evening Post’s Retro (LEP October 7), has brought an overwhelming response.

Many readers have been in contact to order a copy of Formby’s Lost Love – including interest from Canada and Spain, along with Lancashire folk – who have never forgotten Britain’s Wigan-born ukulele star, George Formby.

Formby’s Lost Love tells the heartbreaking story of Formby’s fiancee, Preston-born Pat Howson, who was left the majority of his £2.25m fortune in his will, following his death in 1961. Religious education teacher Pat Howson died, a decade later, aged 46, in 1971, from ovarian cancer.

I would like to thank the Lancashire Evening Post for the tremendous response following the Retro article.

To order a book of Formby’s Lost Love, priced at £10, email lancashiremedia@talktalk.


Andrew Atkinson


Formby’s Lost Love

Let ministers have their say

Apparently six of David Cameron’s Cabinet ministers have privately demanded that he waives “collective responsibility” and allows

them to campaign to leave

the EU.

In order to assert his will, that we remain shackled to this failing institution, it is reported that he is planning to purge his cabinet of all Eurosceptics.

This smacks at being undemocratic and more akin to the behaviour of tin-pot dictators.

On the other hand, what if it is all work of ‘spin doctors’ working to keep us in the EU, and upon Mr Cameron’s return and having “renegotiated the best deal for Britain,” the supposed Eurosceptics hail it as an important victory and urge us all to vote to stay in?

Only time will tell, and we’ve all seen supposed Tory MPs making demands, only to see them collapse.

All I would add is take nothing at face-value and treat all that is supposedly leaked

to the press with extreme caution.

Philip Griffiths,

North West President,

UKIP (UK Independence Party)