Readers’ letters - October 5

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron. A reader says the Lib Dems went into coalition for the good of the country
Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron. A reader says the Lib Dems went into coalition for the good of the country
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Working for good of country

Terry Palmer’s letter (LEP September 28) attacking the Liberal Democrats was wrong from start to finish.

Our natural bedfellows are the Labour Party.

We went into coalition with the Conservatives for the good of the country.

The nasty party are a lot nastier now that they do not have us to moderate their extreme policies.

What lies was he referring 
to?

We stand above all for equality of race, class and sex, and freedom of speech and human rights throughout the world.

These are principles that we are proud of and we will continue to campaign for, for the good of the country and the world.

Mike Turner

Liberal Democrat member

Markets are flourishing

So it looks like the Market Walks extension in Chorley is going ahead.

I think the idea of extra parking in the area which was cleared, following the fire at the Amalfi restaurant, will eliminate what has become a ‘grot spot’ in the town centre.

Perhaps it would make sense to move the disabled parking slots outside the Post Office to that new area, releasing these for general parking. These have always been in a bad situation as those who are disabled find it extremely difficult with the proximity of the railings on the driver’s side.

The opening up of Market Street, with the 30-minute limited parking, has breathed new life into the area. If this is closed to facilitate the moving of the Flat Iron market, it would be a retrograde step.

Our town markets are flourishing and the addition of a mixed market on Mondays is another improvement which I am sure will bring added benefit to all, shoppers and stall holders alike. No wonder the out of town supermarkets are facing problems, when bargains and value for money are available on our excellent markets.

Long may it continue!

Graham Archer, Chorley

Put our MPs on minimum wage

An employee on the minimum wage next year, when increased to £7.20 an hour, will earn, if they get 40 hours a week, £288 before tax and national insurance deducted, totalling a year salary, if full time, of £14,976.

Where does the government get the average wage in the UK to be £26,000, which is £12.50 an hour if on 40 hours a week?

You’d be lucky if tradesmen earn that amount.

You can guarantee when the National Minimum Wage (NMW) increases, there will be cutbacks to hours worked and full-time staff, creating more part-time work. Put politicians on the NMW and paid-for hours and see if they can be bothered to turn up at work – it could increase as they wouldn’t get out of bed for £7.20 per hour.

G Ellison, address supplied

The need for kinder politics

I am not nor ever have been a member of the Labour (or any other) party. But I do agree with Mr Corbyn that we need a kinder and more grown up politics and economics which enshrine and enact those values which I believe are shared by most British citizens, regardless of how they vote: good manners, honesty, hard work, hospitality, tolerance and fairness.

The strong and simple values that most of us grew up with, and which are not enshrined in our current politics.

Tony Green, address supplied

Is bio-fuel

the answer?

In the media, it is reported an estimated 6,000 people a

year are dying in this country, directly or indirectly from air pollution.

The recent scandals which have over taken diesel cars have left us with a big headache, quite literally from the vehicle fumes we are breathing.

Former Transport Minister John Prescott imposed the same levels of duty on bio-diesel we have on ordinary diesel fuel.

Lord Prescott killed off the embryonic bio-diesel industry just as it started.

We have to solve the diesel fumes emission problems caused by certain individuals in motor companies allegedly fixing their vehicle tests.

We could again sell bio-diesel in large quantities in our cities.

Couldn’t this be achieved immediately by George Osborne removing the duty Prescott imposed on bio-diesel?

Then at least we can breathe again.

Nigel F Boddy via email

Trash islands in the oceans

There are now so many plastic bags in the world’s oceans that they form huge garbage islands.

Some of these islands are bigger than the size of France.

Plastic bags are responsible for the death of many land and sea creatures.

England is finally following the rest of the UK and introducing a five pence levy to be charged by all businesses with a staff greater than 250 employees.

This scheme has already proved itself with the public in Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

In their 2015 Manifesto, the Green Party pledged to do away with damaging incineration and landfill and to boost spending on recycling and responsible waste disposal by 50 per

cent.

Greens would stop sending food waste to landfill and instead invest in biogas plants, using anaerobic digestion of waste to produce electricity and bio-fertiliser.

Let’s hope that future legislation on the vital issues of waste and recycling will be faster than the current slow steps to remove plastic bags from our lives.

Alison Teal

Address supplied