Letters - October 19, 2011

A generic view of an EDF Energy letter in front of a gas cooker flame., s the energy firm announced a 15.4% jump in gas tariffs as it became the last of the major suppliers to put up prices.  PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 15, 2011. electricity tariffs will also rise by 4.5% in changes that will come into effect on November 10 and reflect rising wholesale energy, network and other costs. EDF's decision means that all of the big six power suppliers have now raised their tariffs for the coming winter. See PA story CITY Gas. Photo credit should read: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire
A generic view of an EDF Energy letter in front of a gas cooker flame., s the energy firm announced a 15.4% jump in gas tariffs as it became the last of the major suppliers to put up prices. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday September 15, 2011. electricity tariffs will also rise by 4.5% in changes that will come into effect on November 10 and reflect rising wholesale energy, network and other costs. EDF's decision means that all of the big six power suppliers have now raised their tariffs for the coming winter. See PA story CITY Gas. Photo credit should read: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire
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GREED has created a situation where energy companies continually rip off the poor and working classes in order to create a gravy train for rich shareholders.

In my opinion this situation can only be reversed by re-nationalising the fuel companies and the railways.

Ever since these companies were privatised they have been allowed by both Labour and Conservative goverments to charge what they like for the benefit of rich shareholders.

Just like the banks, the directors receive indecently large salaries and large bonuses all created with no thought or compassion for people who can no longer afford to pay the excessive charges.

If the companies were to be re-nationalised then they would be run for the benefit of everyone and not just for the one per cent of the population who reap the benefits of the gravy train.

And wait for it, the next target for privatisation is the NHS. Already some operations are not available on the NHS but are available to anyone who can afford to pay privately.

We need to have a radical rethink of how this country is governed. The Tories got into coalition with the Lib Dems promising a fairer society.

This has not and never will happen until the people in charge govern for all the people and not just the rich and overprivileged.

WILLIAM PENNINGTON

Rosefinch Way

Blackpool

I AM delighted to be a prize winner in the Lakeland Motor Museum competition and am very much looking forward to our visit.

Many thanks to The Gazette for running the competition – and to the Lakeland Motor Museum for providing the prize.

JEAN SCRAGG,

Church Road,

St Annes.

I WAS disappointed to read the ambiguous comment ‘Parking Dilemma’ in your Voice of the Fylde Coast editorial (Gazette October 15).

The sort of lazy and irresponsible parking the council has finally plucked up the courage to act against isn’t as innocuous as your article suggests.

This behaviour has been going on for so long now, without any sort of penalty, that some motorists are pushing it to the limit and putting lives at risk, by actually driving along the pavements.

My sister fell victim to this when she was shouted at to get out of the way, because a driver wanted to park up at the door of a fast food shop.

Her only crime was walking her dog along the pavement.

This wasn’t an isolated incident and I’m sure many of your readers have witnessed contractors and delivery vans parking across pavements just to get that bit closer to their customers.

GEORGE WILLIAMSON,

Cherrydale, Bispham