Letters - January 16, 2015

How to vote: Make a pig's ear of the economy and everything else is a pig's ear, argues reader Jack Gledhill
How to vote: Make a pig's ear of the economy and everything else is a pig's ear, argues reader Jack Gledhill
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Economy is key to election outcome

Government policy

How to vote?

What do the following have in common?Agriculture, business, crime and policing, education, employment, environment, foreign affairs, transport, welfare etc.

Answer: they are all policies which require vast amounts of money to implement which will never be available in its entirety.

This leaves the question as to how you vote in a general election.

A coalition of any sort is the worst possible outcome for the obvious reason they will inevitably fail to agree.

Fact: either Labour or Conservatives will win the most seats. Fact: this effectively means votes for any other party become irrelevent and only cloud the issue as far as electing a government.

This obviously will not deter voters from making their own judgement. I am merely pointing out the reality.

Probably there are two issues which should determine whether Labour or Conservative are elected.

Which pair (Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer) will be considered the best to run the country and the economy? David Cameron andGeorge Osborne or Ed Milliband and Ed Balls.

Make a pig’s ear of the economy and everything above also becomes a pig’s ear.

We’ve all heard the old adage ‘things couldn’t get any worse!’ Change for the sake of it is not always change for the better. Beware!

Jack Gledhill

Gainsborough Road

Blackpool

Gas regulation

Inadequate

Mr Whittle, a member of the NW Energy Task Force (Your Say January 5), states the UK oil and gas industry has the most stringent regulatory regime in the world.

While this may be true for offshore oil and gas, it most certainly isn’t true for onshore. For example, there is no onshore equivalent to The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA), a regulatory body for offshore oil and gas, which was set up as a result of Sir Ian Wood’s Review.

Now I see this same task force has written a letter urging Lancashire County Council to give permission for eight wells to be drilled and fracked later this month. So who are the members, and what relevant experience do they have?

Rob Green of the task force has admitted the panel does not have any experience of the oil and gas industry, let alone of shale gas. Furthermore, the task force was set up and is largely funded by Cuadrilla and Centrica Energy.

So is the task force knowledgeable? Apparently not. Is it independent? Apparently not.

The Fylde MP has made it quite clear that OUGO (Office of Unconventional Gas and Oil) is not fit for purpose and also that he was shocked to find that LCC, the Minerals Rights Authority, cannot force the Environment Agency to carry out the necessary monitoring of wells after they are abandoned.

So why would a group of businessmen urge LCC to permit exploratory fracking, when they know the regulatory regime is so inadequate?

Is this how they conduct their own businesses?

Their letter to LCC flies in the face of common sense, and if, as it seems, the NWETF is simply a mouthpiece for Cuadrilla, it begs the question – why would Cuadrilla wish to push ahead before proper regulations and monitoring are in place ?

T. Froud

Lytham

Players are role models

Not Evans

I am amazed at Dr Barry Clayton’s interpretation of the Ched Evans situation (Your Say, January 13).

We know he cannot apologise as he is challenging his conviction but that does not stop the fact Ched Evans is a convicted rapist and has been so judged by a jury and until the verdict is overturned he remains a convicted rapist.

He is not a free man, he is out on licence and has restrictions on his movements.

The public has not jumped on a bandwagon, the public are unsettled that Evans cannot see that his attitude, morals and character are in question and to say that we should look at our own behaviour before taking the high moral ground is ridiculous, we are not convicted rapists.

Of course, he should be barred from playing football until and if his conviction is overturned.

What father or mother would want their children looking up to a convicted rapist with possibly his photo on their bedroom walls?

Of course young children look up to footballers, to them they are all role models.

It is only later when they fully understand what a rapist is that they turn against anyone with a conviction.

Even if Evans succeeds in overturning his conviction he has shown himself to be of low morals and character.

T.N. Cook

Bryan Road, Blackpool