JACQUI Morley writes: ‘The Fylde coast already boasts record levels of recruitment of boy (and girl) soldiers for the British Army’ (Gazette February 28).
As a Fylde coast resident, I would prefer to be able to boast that my area was doing a lot more to provide a range of meaningful jobs for school leavers – outside the military.
A soldiering career might be okay for some, but pushing 16-year-olds into the army, as the Government is trying to do, is not the answer. For a supposedly peace-loving country, Britain seems to get involved in more than its fair share of conflicts with nations overseas.
I urge parents to look more critically at politicians, from all parties, who advocate meddling in other nation’s affairs. Most of these politicians have never put themselves in harm’s way, but are content to use our youth as cannon-fodder to advance their own careers.
In today’s Britain, young people should have the right to expect the state to provide them with a choice of careers.
MANY are asking why was it okay to intervene with military force in Libya, but not in Syria now?
The reasons are many.
Firstly, the analogy is false.
Syria has, unlike Libya, a powerful army of 250,000 well-armed and trained troops who have access to nerve gas and other chemical weapons.
They have advanced anti-aircraft missiles, and aircraft that would make the airspace a very dangerous place for NATO planes.
Secondly, Syria has powerful friends, namely Russia and China.
Thirdly, it is untrue that Assad is isolated because the Arab League have lined up against him.
We must not forget that Iran is a major supporter, in part because both Iran and the Assad government are Shia, whereas the West’s Arab allies are mainly Sunni.
Fourthly, the opposition to Assad is fractured and weak.
In any case, Egypt and Libya have demonstrated that those who take over are little better than the deposed.
Moral outrage always makes good sound-bites, but very poor policy.
In any case, it is time we stopped acting as the world’s sheriff in charge of a posse riding off to get the bad men of this world.
COLONEL (RETIRED) BARRY CLAYTON
LAST Monday, we arrived in Blackpool coach station almost two hours late, because of an accident on the motorway.
We were very glad to jump into a taxi and get home as soon as possible.
Then we realised we had lost a wallet in the taxi.
There was not much money in it, and a debit card and driving licence would need to be replaced the following morning. More hassle.
But about an hour later, the cabbie was back at the door with the missing wallet completely intact.
What an honest guy, and what an advert for Blackpool taxi drivers.
At the time we could only say thank you – but we would very much like to meet the gentleman again when he is in our area.
WE mortals can be extremely optimistic, believing bad things such as cancer just aren’t going to happen to us.
I was the same – even though my brother had suffered with prostate cancer, I just didn’t realise I was at risk too.
So when I was diagnosed with the disease, it hit me completely out of the blue.
I was lucky. My cancer was caught early, and I was able to make a full recovery, which means I am still around and able to lead the charge against the dark side of prostate cancer.
This March I am proud to be supporting Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and alongside fellow supporters including DJ Neil Fox, I hope my face in Marks and Spencer stores will help get more men thinking about their health.
I am urging readers to head to their local M&S store this March, and show their support by purchasing the charity’s blue man pin badge or selected Blue Harbour clothing.
AKA the original Darth Vader actor
On behalf of The Prostate Cancer Charity.
YOUR editorial comment (Gazette February 28) concerning child poverty was a breath of fresh air.
At last, a sensible comment on the plight of ordinary, innocent children, who for whatever reason, find themselves needing help through no fault of their own.
Keep up the good work.
WHY does the council only care what visitors want?
I would not come on holiday to see dog dirt and papers strewn everywhere, and blocked gutters.
While the council is spending billions on the front, there are broken pavements and pot holes in roads.
Why not ask residents what they want?
We want a cleaner Blackpool.
Think about it.