Letters - March 26, 2014

FORTUNE LOST Deborah McKernan says she spent �50 for just five minutes with a fortune teller - and feels ripped off
FORTUNE LOST Deborah McKernan says she spent �50 for just five minutes with a fortune teller - and feels ripped off
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Fortune tellers

Not fun

I love the Blackpool seaside experience, including visiting the local fortune teller – it’s a bit of fun.

It’s been 20 years since my last visit and today, I went to see a fortune teller on the seafront hoping for some fun enlightenment.

I opted for a £30 reading on my future.

I was quickly persuaded to go for a £50 crystal ball reading as being more 

As soon as I agreed to this, within seconds I was being persuaded to double it to a £100 crystal ball reading for an even better reading. I stuck to the £50.

Wouldn’t you know it, I am going to come into some unexpected money, I am going to meet a man imminently and he will be the one, I am going to live a long and healthy life, and I will soon take a trip across the water.

And my reading had ended in less than five minutes.

My pathetic politeness stopped me from demanding my money back and I left quietly.

Really? I know that I paid for something silly, but really? £50 for five minutes?

Come on, at least make some effort for your (our) money!

Deborah McKernan

(By email)

Decent jobs needed for all


Tim Gavell’s article, saying more youngsters claim Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in Blackpool for the fourth consecutive month, is grim reading.

Labour’s Ed Balls notes it’s shocking the numbers of youngsters that are on the dole for more than a year has doubled under Cameron.

Problem is that Labour’s proposal to strip such people of benefits if they refuse to take jobs under its Compulsory Jobs Guarantee is a dismal sop to Tory “scrounger propaganda”.

Right-wing newspapers’ misinformation and a Government appallingly going round saying most jobless people do not choose to work because they fancy life on benefits, phrases the Chancellor bandies around Tory conference, should not be echoed by Miliband and Balls.

With long term joblessness rising this Government, which has an anti-jobs policy that boasts of destroying a million jobs, must be keen on keeping people unemployed.

Labour should be highlighting the hypocrisy of a regime that sacks people en masse and then blames them for it.

All workfare does is provide forced below minimum wage labour to private firms at taxpayers cost and increase sanctions on job seekers who can’t jump through constantly changing hoops.

From council house buildings, climate change jobs, nurses, midwives, mental health issues, and teaching recruitment, there is no shortage of serious options to tackle mass unemployment.

Get the economy rebalanced away from the overheated and reckless finance sector toward a future based on quality manufacturing, a place where everyone has decent well paid jobs.

Royston Jones

Beryl Avenue


Support for Lowther


My friend and I from Lytham are both keen on variety shows, and as the Blackpool theatres don’t present any variety shows now, we decided to give Lowther Pavilion a try.

We have seen 10 excellent shows there since their Christmas pantomime.

We were truly amazed at the show last Thursday at the real talent that is still around.

The wartime show ‘Bless Em All’ with only a cast of seven, was terrific entertainment from a young cast of artists with great singing, fantastic music and clean comedy.

This was really fantastic value for money.

It is easy to park there and there is a lovely cafe as well.

This is a venue we will continue to support.

Staff were very welcoming too.

Mrs Margaret Troth

London Road, Blackpool

Disruption worth it?

No benefits

I read the recent report involving Coun Maxine Chew telling tens of thousands of car 
users, many of them residents in Wyre and Fylde or working here or going to work from here, that the disruption they would face over several months will be worth it as it will bring ecological benefits (Gazette, March 22).

I wonder if she would be so forthcoming with her support if her mother and she were not likely to benefit from the increased value to their privately owned house this work will bring?

There are eight privately owned properties involved, but it is inaccurate for Coun Chew to state all eight 
residents have agreed to join the scheme for they have not.

The disruption caused to thousands may be a price Coun Chew’s mother thinks is “nothing negative” but on balance, eight private houses benefiting and an ecological miniscule benefit in the grand scheme of things, does seem loaded pretty much towards a favoured few.

Hardly democracy in action is it?

Declare the interest as a councillor as is required please.

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