Letters - September 6, 2013

Pictures Martin Bostock'Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On 2013

Pictures Martin Bostock'Blackpool Illuminations Switch-On 2013

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Lights threat

Rain fear

As the debate continues about the Illuminations Switch-On policy, something has been overlooked.

The famous ‘Blackpool Illuminations weather’ , which to the uninformed means wind and rain!

There is a 50-50 chance any event on the Tower Headland will be hit by the weather.

Selling high-priced 
tickets for a show that was wiped out by the weather would create an enormous problem of refunds, and a refusal would get a van load of bad publicity.

After all, it is a promotional event for local tourism and years of free Switch-Ons is an elephant that will have to be coaxed from the stage. We know some revenue has to come from the event but let’s be realistic.

How about £5 on the gate on the night plus a live transmission onto the proposed big screen at the Opera House with VIP tickets linked to overnight stays in a local hotel?

An adjusted price could be offered to local people wanting to watch the Switch-On live in the comfort of a theatre.

Barry Band

South Shore


Tourism tax debate

VAT increase
I’m grateful to Labour’s Coun Smith for confirming that a bedroom tax on hotels is now something Labour are actively considering (Gazette Letters, September 3).

It isn’t a massive step from expanding a London policy to a national policy – so we’ll watch that space with interest.

Clearly my observations caused some degree of concern, hence the well-researched assessment of my voting record on VAT.

Of course, it’s easy to forget Labour’s own General Election campaign where Gordon Brown and Alistair Darling performed somersaults to avoid giving commitments not to increase VAT.

Given the financial state we were in, even they realised that an increase in some VAT was going to be necessary.

It was an important contribution to reducing the deficit, down by a third since we took office.

I don’t like raising taxes, but I don’t like a Government left unable to fund basic services either after years of Labour mismanagement.

Of course, the Gazette has already identified the best way to support our local hospitality sector, and that is to have a reduced rate of VAT for hotels and restaurants, irrespective of what the overall rate is, on the grounds it would stimulate demand and increase Government revenue, as it has done elsewhere in Europe.

It’s a campaign I have supported, and will keep lobbying the Government over.

Labour had a chance to announce it as policy in their Seaside Towns policy document last month – and didn’t.

Paul Maynard MP

Blackpool North and 
Cleveleys


Badger cull is wrong

Wildlife

Animal activists from Blackpool were in attendance at the protest in London on Monday, August 26 which was very successful.

There were thousands of people joining in, and it all went peacefully.

The truth is, badgers are an important part of earth’s ecology – like most of life on this planet.

The badger cull makes me very despondent.

To all those caring people out there, the mass killing of a species that is supposed to be protected, to perhaps cause a very slight reduction in bovine TB, is disgusting.

Badgers could be vaccinated – not killed.

I have never read one single letter written to a newspaper that stated that we shouldn’t have stopped the culling of foxes introduced by the 
Labour government of 2005.

In between our villages, owns and cities, there are miles of British countryside, filled with wildlife which also inhabits this isle of ours, and it all should have as much right to exist as we do.

Mr Jeffrey Bilham

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Make sense on Syria

Caution call

Has our Government lost its senses?

For months, William Hague has been sabre rattling and now David Cameron is at it; “we are not going to war, just punishing!”

Who is he kidding? Can you destroy chemical munitions with bombardment? We haven’t even established who committed the atrocity yet.

Just supposing we do attack and Iran (Syrian ally) comes in, Israel is attacked and we all know what they are like when attacked. The Middle East is a powder keg and even our oil supplies could be at risk.

The days of “gunboat diplomacy” are long gone.

Just supposing the fanatics among the rebels fired the gas because they are losing and have been out of the news since the Egyptian troubles started.

Why would Assad do such a thing at this time?

It would have been madness. Another point that puzzles me is this – can anyone remember any politician or media person stating what a monster Assad is? I can’t.

We have got involved in Iraq and Afghanistan, now we could get into a much worse state of affairs.

William Power

Cleveleys