Letters - April 12, 2018

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Britain can no longer open borders to world

In a museum the other day, we came across a large chart, a map of the world.

There was a HUGE landmass, with Britain a tiny speck on the western edge of Europe.

It was obvious, more so on closer inspection, what we have long been thinking and which politicians seem to have been missing for decades now.

Unlike us, it seems not to have dawned on them and their ilk, or they refuse to admit to it, that allowing uncontrolled immigration to our shores – both legal and illegal – from the huge expanse of the world depicted on that map should never have been and could not possibly be a viable option for the UK and is, without doubt, a factor in the problems of Britain today.

How can you fit a pint pot into a tiny tea cup?

How can you push a large foot into a miniscule Cinderella shoe without it causing a myriad of problems?

Britain is a compassionate country.

It more than punches above its weight in helping that world, even when it knows that help is often abused.

I therefore suggest that every politician or person who thinks that all should be welcome here, without let or hindrance, stands in front of a map of the world until it dawns on them that Britain, due to its size, can no longer open its borders to the world.

It needs to get its own house in order before continuing on the path it is treading.

No racism, no prejudice, just simple common sense on tackling a problem that is escalating out of control due to the overcrowding of this little speck on that map of the world.

C Cross

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Lack of research 
on effects of sugar

What disturbs me most about the new tax on sugar is the government’s pathetic lack of research.

Not only is the health case against sugar weak, but in several countries which implemented sugar taxes, most notably Denmark and France, obesity rates have either risen or stayed constant.

It really cannot be a good thing for manufacturers to have to put more aspartame in their products.

Only a government with no instinctive belief in personal freedom could endorse this stupidity. Surely we can be trusted to make informed choices ourselves as to how much sugar we give our own children?

Aled Jones

via email


Take food away and numbers will drop

Seagulls have been with us since time began.

I visit northern Norway on fishing trips. There are plenty of gulls there which manage to survive without artificial feeding in the harshest of climates.

They survived well enough here long before customers of Col Sanders, Harry Ramsden’s and MacDonald’s appeared on the scene and littered our streets with waste food which the gulls eat and then redistribute with their droppings over our buildings, pavements and anyone unlucky enough to be underneath.

They are not starving but they are greedy. If you present them with an unlimited supply of easily attained food, you are not doing them any favours. All you will finish up with is a plague of gulls.

I never envisaged or suggested a cull but if you take away the food the numbers will drop. They will not die, they will simply forage elsewhere and to suggest that they will starve without our assistance is ridiculous.

The comparison with rats is difficult to avoid. Both creatures are ultimate survivors. Both can digest almost any food and can survive in almost any environment. The rats edge it because of the incredible rate at which they can reproduce but both creatures undoubtedly present a serious health hazard when present in large numbers.

Pat O’Connor says I “attacked” her, which is being somewhat dramatic. All I am doing is offering a viewpoint which differs from hers. I had to re-read my original letter to see just where I had “put the blame on her for all the problems”, but I am still looking.

Mike Mogilnicki



Blackpool Transport did well during works

I’m looking forward to the trains operating again between Blackpool North and Preston but I must thank all the Blackpool Transport staff for the service they have provided since last November - despite the numerous roadworks they have had to contend with.

Do the various councils not talk to one another?

I was a little dubious when I heard Blackpool Transport had been handed the rail replacement contract but you have proved me wrong.

One thing I will miss is the quarter hour bus from Layton and don’t expect that to be implemented by Northern... but we live in hope!

Ian Ward

Stainforth Avenue