Letters - September 25, 2014

DELUDED DEALS: Ed Milliband's pledge to increase the minimum wage does not sit well with local businessman and Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Peter Anthony
DELUDED DEALS: Ed Milliband's pledge to increase the minimum wage does not sit well with local businessman and Conservative Parliamentary Candidate Peter Anthony
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Minimum wage increase

Deluded

MP Gordon Marsden’s comments supporting Labour’s plan for the national minimum wage are deluded (Gazette, September 23).

It was his party that brought business and commerce to its knees.

After inheriting the worst financial mess and deficit for a century, I think we would all be very foolish to take economic advice from the Labour Party.

The present Government has turned our economy around and set out the foundations to give business a fighting chance.

I employ a few young people, all of who still live at home, so under the circumstances at their stage of life, the wages they receive are adequate.

I’m not saying, either, that you can have a good standard of living at 40-years-old on a low wage.

So these blanket policies just don’t work.

As a small businessman, I struggled like hell throughout Labour’s deep recession years, and I am still paying off the price of survival today.

Let me give you an example. If I employ four young people at £6.50 per hour for 40 hours a week – ‘and I am only just managing to keep my head above water’, what would happen with just £1 an hour increase?

Answer: £160 extra to pay a week. Then, I would have to close the front door of my shop. In turn, myself, my partner, and all four staff would be on the dole.

As far as zero hours contracts are concerned, how on earth, in a seasonal town such as Blackpool, can hotels and other small business hire staff for the same amount of hours all year round?

I know first-hand the problems facing small businesses trying to survive – I do it myself every day.

I’d like to see Gordon and his colleagues running a small guesthouse, gift shop, cafe or bar, for a year in Blackpool.

Peter Anthony

Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Blackpool South

Pensioners fight back

Capable

I would like to complain about Rob Stocks’ column in The Gazette on Monday entitled ‘Car Discs Heading For The Clouds’.

He stated the “online application process will discriminate against the elderly – something I refute given that anyone who can’t use a web browser shouldn’t be trusted at the wheel of a ton or more of metal.”

I find this comment greatly offensive.

As a pensioner, sometimes people cannot afford broadband and have to choose between running a car and being online. It is not on to say people are not capable of driving a vehicle, just because we don’t choose to use websites for everything we have to do.

Ronald and Pam Green

Skipton Close

Marton

Great entertainment

Top shows

Through The Gazette, may I say ‘Viva’ Sands Venue, for a wonderful tribute show, is not to be missed.

Elvis Presley, Meat Loaf, Adele, Michael Buble are among the acts.

There is a change of show once a week.

The band, dancers and the compere are all part of a great show.

There is another showcase venue in the resort, Ma Kellys of Dickson Rd, which is also well worth a visit.

Viva Blackpool, Viva entertainment, Blackpool rocks on.

John Munro

Dinmore Avenue

Referendum aftermath

Rebellion?

David Cameron is impaled on the horns of a Scottish stag as a result of taking part in the three-party-leader panic caused by a rogue poll released during the referendum.

If he fails to deliver on his promise of devo max by next January/February he will incur the wrath of the SNP, and many who voted ‘no’.

If he fails to deliver in tandem extra powers to England, Northern Ireland and Wales, he will provoke serious backbench rebellion that could seriously jeopardise his position as leader.

However, if he avoids these minefields by carrying out his promises he will find that Labour, despite the barnstorming rhetoric of Gordon Brown, will stall and do everything it can to delay constitutional changes for fear it will lose its 41 MPs in Scotland, a loss that would almost certainly result in a Labour defeat in the General Election.

This is why Labour are wanting a Convention to consider these major changes, and report back after the General Election; a transparent ploy to delay constitutional change.

One thing is certain, these promised reforms will not receive legislative approval by early next year.

The sheer complexity of resolving the West Lothian question and abolishing or reforming the absurd Barnett formula means such a timetable is unrealistic.

By his intemperate promises, Mr Cameron has opened not a can of worms, but a vat of angry eels.

Meanwhile, the Middle East is in flames and terrorism stalks the world.

Dr Barry Clayton

Fieldfare Close

Cleveleys

Blackpool