Letters - March 8, 2017

Church Street looking towards St John's Church in the 1950s when traffic still moved freely and parking was available outside the shops
Blackpool Historical
Church Street looking towards St John's Church in the 1950s when traffic still moved freely and parking was available outside the shops Blackpool Historical
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SHOPPING

Church Street was shopping centre

In general, I share Marion Gourlay’s dismay at the appalling poverty and deprivation in parts of Blackpool (Your Say, Gazette, March 2).

However, I disagree that Talbot Road was ever the shopping hub of the town. Historically, that description belongs to Church Street.

I can remember the 1950s when there were four first-class men’s outfitters on Church Street – Vass, Fox, Rawcliffes and Burtons.

Now, sadly, both Church Street and Queen Street are declining as shopping venues.

Perhaps the town’s true motto should really be ‘regress’.

Ian Jackson

Park Road

Blackpool

POLITICS

Labour will never learn its lesson

Thanks to an incompetent Labour government that left the country billions in debt, we are spending around £60 billion a year servicing that debt. That sum is vastly greater than what we spend on defence of the realm.

Those misguided people with a limited knowledge of economics who seem to think there is a limitless pot of money available to throw at every problem should ponder this fact.

A responsible Chancellor knows that because money is limited and the demands on it are great, you do not spend today what you can’t afford.

Unfortunately, it seems that Labour has never learned the simple fact.

I fear it never will.

Dr Barry Clayton

Thornton-Cleveleys

EUROPE

I’ve not changed my mind on referendum

I cannot believe that on page 7 of your March 4 edition, you were asking your readers to vote in your exclusive poll too see if there has been a change in public opinion concerning the EU Referendum vote.

I am very angry that you are doing this. I know the council was in favour of remaining in Europe, as it was receiving money from them.

Again, I ask you to reconsider about this second referendum article.

Charlie Telfer

via email

EUROPE

Sweep the place of these Remoaners

We need a new general electionso we let’s get a consensus of Brexit parliamentarians in place.

Then we need to get get rid of the House of Lords – how can these undemocratically appointed people of privilege dare to tell us what sort of a Brexit that we democratically voted for? These arrogant people need to be outed.

The further we get away from the referendum vote, the braver these Remoaners get – they constantly show their servitude to the EU andtheir loathing for the UK.

How can they face themselves? They are disgusting people.

Lawson Spedding

via email

EUROPE

‘Popinjays’ can’t stop us leaving EU

I am old enough to recall the days when the House of Lords was very largely made up of hereditary peers and, in those far off days, it seemed to me that the ‘other Place’ could usually be relied upon to impart wisdom to the political scene.

What we have today in that once elite establishment is a motley collection of politicians, some well past their sell-by date, aided by popinjays and toadies seemingly hell bent on making our Brexit negotiations more difficult.

They will do well to remember that they are all unelected and to try and frustrate the will of the people may not be in their future best interests.

At the moment Frau Merkel etc must be laughing all the way from Brussels to Berlin.

David E Warnes

via email

TOURISM

What do they carry in their backpacks?

We are just back from a winter break and for the last few years we have noticed, and are confused by, the numbers of people on holiday in hotels who always have a big rucksack on their backs. Can someone please enlighten me on what’s in them?

We go to breakfast with only a room key!

Another puzzle is the number of men who come home from a warm climate to a cold one –still in shorts.

What’s that all about?

They can’t all be postmen, can they?

Bob Mason

via email

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