Letters - 06-02-12

File photo dated 23/04/08 of Sir Fred Goodwin as Labour leader Ed Miliband has thrown his weight behind calls for the former RBS boss to be stripped of his knighthood. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 20, 2012. He told the Daily Mail his party had been "clearly wrong" to recommend that Sir Fred be recognised for "services to banking" in 2004. See PA story POLITICS Goodwin. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
File photo dated 23/04/08 of Sir Fred Goodwin as Labour leader Ed Miliband has thrown his weight behind calls for the former RBS boss to be stripped of his knighthood. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Friday January 20, 2012. He told the Daily Mail his party had been "clearly wrong" to recommend that Sir Fred be recognised for "services to banking" in 2004. See PA story POLITICS Goodwin. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
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FRED Goodwin being stripped of his knighthood by the Queen, after a recommendation by the forfeiture committee, is to many people a justified end to a sad and sorry state of affairs.

But it is not just the bankers infected by this disease, and Goodwin is perhaps not the only one the forfeiture committee should be looking at.

He is but the tip of the iceberg in that sector, and also an example of a culture which ran rampant under the last Government of incompetent management being rewarded for failure in many areas of public life.

I have worked in the public sector for many years and have seen first hand how so-called managers resorted to bullying and harassment tactics to keep staff in line, mainly as a way to cover their own failings.

It still astounds me that within that culture, these individuals were the ones that were protected from those in charge who should know better (usually with their own honours award) and allowing them to remain in management positions, in spite of such behaviour.

The lives and jobs they destroyed covered up with the aid of compromise agreements, no doubt.

But, take heart, as with Fred “the shred” Goodwin, these things are invariably found out and come to light in the end.

Let’s hope the future allows us a more fair and positive environment in all areas of public life, education and the professions, one where that kind of behaviour is no longer acceptable.

That can only be for the good.

DAVID SLATTERY-CHRISTY

Whitegate Drive

Blackpool

AN opinion poll shows a cap on benefits is supported by 76 per cent of the population.

Wyre and Preston North Conservative MP Ben Wallace (Letters, January 30) blamed rebel Liberal MPs and Labour peers for the opinion poll result.

I assume he expected 100 per cent support for the cap. I suggest the 24 per cent against the reforms as they now stand understand the problem has many facets.

Due to the recession, many once-safe jobs are disappearing and Government information states the vast majority of claimants on high benefits are in the London area.

Ben Wallace’s comment ‘There is no reason for anyone to be made homeless by the Government’s reforms’ is something he cannot guarantee.

All benefit claimants receive heating and other living expenses, wherever they live. The remainder is housing benefit.

That is a major problem, for the impact of housing benefit changes, particularly in places such as London, could have a big impact on homelessness.

What is true is these reforms are a blatant Tory ploy to divide and rule.

We see an attempt to turn one group of poorly paid workers against another group of poor unemployed people.

All in an effort to concentrate voters minds from rising Government borrowing, unemployment and the ever growing list of broken manifesto pledges by both coalition parties.

JACK CROYSDILL

Chairman

Blackpool North and Cleveleys Labour Party

I AM writing to ask your readers to lend their support to CLIC Sargent, the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, by getting behind Yummy Mummy Week 2012, which runs from Saturday, March 10, to Sunday, March 18 (Mother’s Day).

The week is all about mums doing something yummy by hosting their own fund-raising events and spending quality time with their children, family and friends.

All the money raised will help CLIC Sargent continue to provide clinical, practical and emotional support for children and young people with cancer.

Last year, mums in Lancashire pulled out all the stops as part of Yummy Mummy Week. Fund-raising events ranged from pyjama parties at nurseries to coffee mornings helping to raise almost £1,200.

That money could, for example, be enough to pay for six weeks’ accommodation for a family at a CLIC Sargent Home from Home. Here they can stay together within walking distance of the hospital where their child is being treated, which is often many miles from their own home. If they are well enough, the child can stay there too.

Getting involved is easy, just visit www.yummymummy.org.uk, or call 08451 206 658 to register for your fund-raising pack.

DEE TYLER

Area Fundraising Manager for the North

CLIC Sargent

READING Mrs M Roberts’ letter (Gazette, January 28) I think she was right when she said that she used to smack her children on the backs of their bare legs, when they misbehaved.

I think children who misbehave should be smacked on the legs. I also think teachers should be allowed to smack naughty children, but only on their legs.

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