Letters - February 6, 2015

LIVE WIRE  Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine on Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool.
LIVE WIRE Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine on Whinney Heys Road, Blackpool.
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Support fund-raising

Shrine appeal

I am a supporter of the Historic Chapels Trust, under whose banner is the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, near the Victoria Hospital roundabout.

In its latest newsletter, the trust says it is currently unusable because it lacks power for heat and light, while vehicle access is also needed.

They have got £27,000 of the £30,000 needed, leaving just £3,000 to raise.

We must do all we can to preserve this lovely building, remarkable for its 1950s architecture by FX Velarde for, as mentioned previously in The Gazette, too many historic buildings have already been demolished to make way for modern ones or car parking.

Anyone able to help this cause can send a cheque payable to Historic Chapels Trust (stating it is for The Shrine, Blackpool), St George’s German Lutheran Church, 55 Alie Street, London, E1 8EB.

Mrs J. Geddes

Whitemoss Avenue


Every vote counts


In 13 weeks’ time, the people of Britain will have their say on the future of our country in what polls are showing will be one of the tightest elections in history.

Just a few votes in marginal seats like Blackpool North and Cleveleys could be the difference between whether we get a Labour or Tory government after May 7.

Given how much is at stake, anyone who values democracy should be encouraging as many people as possible to have their say.

Yet, the Tories have done the opposite, introducing a new system for registering voters that has caused nearly a million people nationally to be knocked off the electoral register.

Our analysis of one polling district in North Blackpool shows 26 per cent fewer voters than at the last election.

In the past, powerful vested interests – including the Conservative Party – resisted giving the vote to women and working people, but now it seems there are more subtle ways of ensuring certain groups lose their right to choose who governs us.

Just 56 per cent of 19-to-24 year olds are on the register, compared with 94 per cent of over 65-year-olds. The same sorts of differences can be found when comparing home owners and renters, well-paid and low-paid.

There is nothing empowering about not having your say.

It simply means you allow others, who do not share your interests, to choose for you. Nor is it true that all parties are the same.

Labour and the Tories have radically different visions for the future of our NHS, or how to tackle low pay, zero hours contracts and the cost of living crisis.

Yesterday, was National Voter Registration Day. May I encourage everyone to ensure they are registered to vote in the General Election this May.

Sam Rushworth

Labour Parliamentary Candidate

Blackpool North and Cleveleys

Occupational cancer


Heavy industries in the North West have brought employment for thousands of families over the years.

But, all too often, tragedy strikes and a worker is either killed or seriously injured as a result of them going about their day-to-day business.

Yet the biggest cause of work-related deaths is not what you might expect.

It is not a fall from height or an accident involving machinery. It is occupational cancer.

That is why the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is running a national campaign to cut such deaths, called ‘No Time to Lose’.

The facts show that occupational cancer kills at least 666,000 people a year worldwide.

Here in Britain, it is estimated around 8,000 people die every year from work-related cancer.

About half of those are people who have worked in the construction industry.

The No Time to Lose campaign is offering free practical, original materials to help employers deliver effective prevention.

We are encouraging firms to pledge to take action on occupational cancer.

After all, this campaign aims to show that cancer prevention not only benefits workers and their families, but businesses and economies too.

Please visit our campaign website www.notimetolose.org.uk to find out more.

Paul Eyre

Chairman of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s

North West Branch

Jordanian backlash


I wonder what the ‘great and good’ among our liberal leaders think of the Jordanian backlash after the dreadful murder of the Jordanian pilot – the revenge killing of prisoners?

Do they agree with it? If not, will they castigate the Jordanians over this very 
non-liberal action?

We have known foreign murderers walking the streets of the UK, involved in genocides in Africa and elsewhere.

Actions much worse than whatever IS have done so far.

Will the attitudes of the ‘great and good’ now change towards them... don’t hold your breath.

Keith Hallam

(By email)