Punish the culprits
I was shocked to read of the vandalism at Poulton Cemetery (Gazette, December 24), not least because my parents are buried there.
If the dead are unable to rest in peace criminality has sunk to a shameful low.
In my view, the councils responsible for Poulton, Carleton, Layton and Lytham cemeteries should bring in the police and local security firms to monitor them at night.
CCTV cameras are of little use when faces can be concealed by hoods and scarves.
If the Poulton vandals are caught they should be given a minimum of two years’ detention or prison as a warning to other moronic individuals.
In Paul Maynard’s Christmas letter to residents he lists his recent selected highlights, most of which involved community events.
Although worthy of mention, I feel he should have also included his recent Parliamentary voting record.
His Coastline newspaper states he wants people to be proud of him, but perhaps the reason for hiding his voting record is that he isn’t proud of his own actions.
For example, just recently Mr Maynard’s vote helped the Tory/Lib Dem Government to defeat Labour’s motion to abolish the discriminatory Bedroom Tax, a tax that has been widely condemned.
More than 500 households in Blackpool North and Cleveleys were hit by the Bedroom Tax, a significant number of which had somebody with a disability.
Mr Maynard voted seven times in favour of the Government’s damaging NHS privatisation reforms that have already seen A&E and cancer treatment targets missed, and longer waiting times for appointments.
In November, when Labour introduced a Parliamentary bill to reverse some of the damage, he didn’t show up to vote.
Additionally, he voted in favour of tripling university tuition fees, increasing VAT to 20 per cent, cutting taxes for millionaires, selling off the Royal Mail below its true value, and voting against Labour’s plan to guarantee jobs for the long-term unemployed.
In his Coastline news- paper he says “we can’t walk by on the other side of the road when we see people in need of help”, yet his voting record suggests he does exactly that.
Franklin D Roosevelt once said: “The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little”.
Perhaps the next time Mr Maynard votes in Parliament he could bear those wise words in mind.
Then maybe he wouldn’t feel the need to exclude his voting record from his list of highlights.
One major point missed by Jacqui Morley in her column (Gazette, December 19) regarding children in poverty, is to ask the question why do people on benefits decide to have two, three or even more children, knowing they can’t afford to bring them up.
Having said that, how much does a box of porridge cost to give them breakfast, or a loaf of bread to make toast?
Do some parents have no feelings of responsibility for the children they have brought into the world?
Another factor missed is how many single mums are involved in this child poverty.
Where are the fathers and should they not help financially to raise their own children (no doubt they are also on benefit and claim they can’t help out with a loaf of bread or some cereal)?
Obviously, parents who were working when they decided to have children and who may have lost their jobs in the recent recession are a completely different case and deserve help whilst they lookfor new employment.
Obviously, Ms Morley would like to follow previous Labour policy of throwing ever increasing money at welfare/benefits rather than get parents to take responsibility for their actions.
Marton Mere project
People will be delighted and relieved to see work is to start on improvements to Marton Mere (Gazette, December 30).
Hopefully this will put an end to the flooding risks and create a great place for local families to visit.