Letters - April 4, 2014

RAISING PRICES on booze will not dissuade drinkers, says Chris Wiseman
RAISING PRICES on booze will not dissuade drinkers, says Chris Wiseman
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Alcohol

Price hike won’t stop boozing

Why must the price of 
alcohol rise because some, even if it is a lot of, people drink too much?

The group of MPs and director of public health Mr Rajpura should know very well their claim that people drink more because the price is low is not only ridiculous but shows just how collective stupidity can manifest itself, despite the reasonably educated bunch I would assume them to be.

Yes, it’s true, too many drink too much, but they can’t honestly think that raising the price will counter the booze mania in this country?

Think about it, MPs and Mr Rajpura, obesity is a massive problem, too, so clearly, using your premise of thinking, we should, 
say, double or treble the price of food to get everyone off over-eating and back to a slim, healthier nation?

Stop coming out with that useless and very 
tiresome phrase, “evidence has shown” to create a 
false picture and get down to real facts that problems of heavy drinking, also over-eating, is lifestyle-based and psychological.

Those who drink heavily will continue, whatever the price of alcohol!

It will simply mean more bills won’t get paid by the binge drinkers to cover any increased cost and you people know it.

Get back into the real world. Raising the price of alcohol will serve only to push out the group of responsible drinkers who enjoy a solitary ‘tipple’ each day who are on a low income.

Chris Wiseman

South Shore

Care

Nurses would never strike like teachers

I have recently had a spell in Blackpool Victoria Hospital.

The care I received was 
exemplary, nothing being too much trouble. Every member of staff showed compassion for the bed-bound, even at 3am. Their dedication and hard work was admirable.

The workload on doctors and nurses is immense and, in monetary terms, very badly rewarded. One cannot help comparing the teaching 
profession.

Some teachers, I stress some teachers, are featherbedded by comparison.

For example, nurses’ conditions of employment are, by comparison, very poor. Not for them 13 weeks’ holidays a year ( yes for the majority of teachers it is a holiday).

Not for them a six-hour day that ends at 3pm (yes, this despite claims to the contrary is when the majority of teachers finish). Claims they have homework to set and mark are spurious because many, many schools no longer even set homework, as many parents can confirm.

When homework has been set, I have personally and frequently seen it 
unmarked for weeks on end, sometimes not at all.

At a recent parents’ evening a senior teacher told a parent ‘we no longer set homework because we know it will not be done’!

Unlike teachers, nurses do not strike. They tell me they never would, despite at times having good cause to do so.

As we have recently witnessed, for many teachers strikes are considered perfectly acceptable, despite receiving pay and conditions of service that are the envy of many other 
professions.

The real reason for striking is of course political and ideological.

I left hospital full of praise for a hard-working and wonderful caring 
profession at all levels.

As a former Army officer and academic, I was left with a rather nasty taste in my mouth regarding certain members of the teaching profession.

Dr Barry Clayton

Fieldfare Close, Cleveleys

Travel

Why can’t we have a bus station?

The letter from Tony Williams (Your Say, April 1) regarding car parks has my full endorsement.

Also, I agree with him when he remarks that the Talbot Road Car Park would have been better used had it been left as a bus station.

This would alleviate the present traffic jam that goes by the name of Clifton Street.

Could anyone at the Town Hall let us into the secret as to why we cannot have a bus 
station in Blackpool?

Name and address supplied

Transport

Council can afford tram pass for us

In reply to R Roberts “We should all pay for our tram journeys” (Your Say, April 1), I would like to say I, along with other pensioners, find it a little hard to find an extra 50p to travel on the trams.

I am still having to find work, even on my pension, after bringing my family up etc.

It is all right for so-called pensioners like you, who 
accept everything without fighting for the free travel given to us. If this council can waste money like it does, it can fund the pensioners’ free pass.

Paul Smith

Anchorsholme Lane, 
Anchorsholme

Parking

Fines should always be challenged

I was dismayed to read the letter (Your Say, April 2) from the motorist charged by ParkingEye for overstaying because of bad weather conditions.

Sadly, he was fooled by ParkingEye’s response that an appeal to POPLA would be 
unlikely to succeed.

The correct position is that every single correctly worded appeal to POPLA has been won, and there are more than 100 successful appeals reported and zero failures; so many, in fact, that the DVLA are now investigating them.

The legal position is that if a motorist has breached a 
parking contract by overstaying, the landowner can only make good their losses; they cannot charge an arbitrary 
exorbitant amount. This means that the motorist will owe the landowner a few pounds.

This is recognised by the appeal service POPLA, who always uphold appeals on these grounds.

Sadly, although the industry recognise this, they do not want it to be widely known and therefore stop this information appearing on the POPLA website; otherwise too many motorists would catch on and the parking companies would have to reduce the charges to the true cost.

The correct way to appeal a ParkingEye charge to POPLA is therefore along the lines of; “the charge is for breach of contact but is not a true pre-estimate of loss, and the operator has not given a breakdown of costs”.

You can see why not many people know this!

I run a website dedicated to helping victims of ParkingEye at www.parking-prankster.com

My guide on defending a ParkingEye court case is number #2 on the Kindle in the category ‘Legal Self-Help’

The Parking Prankster