Letters - August 13, 2015

Milk Trolley Challenge by disgruntled Lancashire dairy farmers at the Asda store in Blackpool. Organisers Jack Raby, left and Robert Mason.  Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 08, 2015.

Milk Trolley Challenge by disgruntled Lancashire dairy farmers at the Asda store in Blackpool. Organisers Jack Raby, left and Robert Mason. Picture by Paul Heyes, Saturday August 08, 2015.

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MILK PRICES

Progress alters lives - not for the better

The supermarkets are “milking” the very livelihood of the farmers.

I was a delivery milkman for Express Dairies in Huddersfield in 1962. I had some 350 customers on the Sheepridge estate, the other milkman was Co-op. How progress alters lives, only one of my customers possessed a fridge and no-one had a phone, very few owned a car.

The greed of the supermarkets could be a disastrous result for future consumers.

Kevin Gooder

Clinton Avenue

Blackpool

MILK PRICES

Farmers are just 
not a special case

A former Minister of Agriculture once said that no one complained more than farmers. As a former dairy farmer, he presumably knew what he was talking about.

The current outpouring of complaints from dairy farmers over the price of milk tends to confirm his view. The recent stunt of taking cows into a supermarket was , frankly, rather childish, apart from being unhygienic.

Farmers weaken their case by demanding to be treated as a special case. They are not.

For many reasons– Russia’s ban on imports from the EU, the fall in demand from China – the world is awash with milk. The simple rules of demand and supply result in a reduction in the price of milk.

Why should consumers be denied the benefits of this price fall because farmers are unable to sell milk for more than it costs to produce? They still get 1.4 p a litre more than the EU average.

For some 60 years, dairy farmers were subsidised by the Milk Marketing Board. Since its demise, the key reason why milk prices are a perennial issue is because successive governments have ignored that market forces are not working or not being allowed to work.

In situations like this, and they are common, you have four choices – shut down, improve productivity and efficiency, diversify or wait until the economy changes.

All businesses face the same choices. Farming is not unique in this respect. They should stop crying over spilt milk. Farmer Micawber must stop claiming there is misery in the cowshed.

Dr Barry Clayton

Fieldfare Close

Cleveleys

PETS

Give an unwanted animal a good home

With so many animals being made homeless for one reason or another, or being cruelly abandoned, may I please ask readers who are thinking of taking on a pet to make our local sanctuaries their first port of call.

They are all full to bursting, with a waiting list of needy animals to come in. Adopting one means you are making room for another unfortunate creature to come into the safety of these havens, and have a chance of finding a new forever home.

All rescued pets soon settle into a new loving home and become part of the family bringing with them their own individual personality, love and devotion, and you will have the satisfaction of knowing you have helped not one animal but two.

Josephine Harwood

Moor Park Avenue

Bispham

REUNION

A call goes out for friends reunited

As this is our 50-year anniversary, I am trying to contact as many former Park School class of ‘65 girls as possible for a reunion lunch/dinner to be held in Preston during September.

If you would like to attend and/or have the contact details of any of the girls who live in the Blackpool/Fylde area, please contact me by email on annlaw123@btinternet.com.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Ann Law (nee Pilling)

Class of 1R 1965

COLLECTION

Big thank-you to all who help lifeboats

On behalf of everyone at Blackpool Lifeboat Station we would like to say a very big thank-you to management, staff and customers of Morrisons, Squires Gate Lane, South Shore, for helping to raise £392.12 at a collection in the store. It is greatly appreciated. Once again, thank you to all involved.

Christine Parry

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

POLITICS

Change the rules on councillor roles

All councillors, no matter which political persuasion they follow, should be stringently vetted by a committee of retired successful businessmen. Men who, throughout their lives, have a proven record of financial achievement and should have been employees.

The prospective candidates for council would themselves be self-employed, still working and still proving that they have the business acumen to thrive, to be responsible for the town’s money and be willing to take our town forward into a prosperous future.

You will, no doubt, receive many letters more eloquently and persuasively written than mine, but I believe all will demand change.

We cannot blame the councillors, they were democratically elected. We must accept responsibility for the situation ourselves. We must change the rules of selection. Tom, Dick or Harry for councillor is obsolete and does no good for our town.

F Earnshaw

Cunliffe Road

Blackpool