Letters - January 29, 2014

An example of a similar high rope course to the one it is hoped will be introduced at Stanley Park
An example of a similar high rope course to the one it is hoped will be introduced at Stanley Park
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Adventure proposals

Play areas

I was interested to read Emma Harris’s story about proposals for a high rope zone at Stanley Park (Gazette January 20).

A thought came to my mind that there appears to be too much backward thinking and not enough forward thinking by Blackpool Council.

There are two indoor buildings close to large areas of family holiday accommodation, which are large enough to be used for such adventurous play areas.

Both I believe have a value because of their heritage to justify them being saved and made profitable use of.

They also have a massive advantage that use would not depend on the weather.

The two buildings are the Apollo building in South Shore and the ABC on Church Street.

A bold move for a forward thinking town whose motto is progress.

Michael Bentley

Mansfield Road


Assisted suicide

Not safe

Concerning assisted suicide, Chris Davies (Letters January 22) has suggested that the safeguards in the assisted death laws in Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Switzerland have ensured there is no ‘slippery slope’ or encouragement for elderly people to die.

Davies must not have read the study that found that 32 per cent of all assisted deaths in the Flanders region of Belgium were done without request.

He must not have noticed the recent media article concerning leaders of the euthanasia lobby in the Netherlands who are upset about how euthanasia has been extended to people with psychological pain.

I guess he missed the story in Belgium on how a leading euthanasia doctor admits to simply not reporting the euthanasia deaths that he carries out.

The fact is that legalising assisted death is not safe.

Errors and abuses do happen and death is the result.

Alex Schadenberg

International Chairman

Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

London, Ontario, Canada

BBC war tribute

Do better

Britain’s Great War (BBC1) was awful and distracting.

Why do the BBC insist on inflicting Jeremy Paxman on us with his usual delivery enveloped in weary cynicism?

He stared oddly into the distance and was echoed by another narrator’s voice irritatingly describing the footage we were seeing as “weary soldiers trudging across a field” , “woman embracing her child” et al.

We then see Paxman in shot as this odd narrator states the obvious “Jeremy standing by a bridge”.

Paxman then stares off into the distance and walks away from said bridge and dissolves away as the narrator states “modern day train zooms across bridge”.

What? And since when did Lord Julien Fellowes become Lord Kitchener-Fellowes?

He is married to Kitchener’s grandaughter, but does that mean he has Kitchener’s name bolted on to his own?

Come on BBC, media students in their first year could have done a better job than this.

A less than fitting tribute to those who fought and died for this country.

David S. Christy

Whitegate Drive


Government reforms

Aiding elite?

The Prime Minister talks about hard work - when did he ever do hard work? Or his side-kick Osborne?

I started work at 14, worked until my 70th year, never took a ‘sickie’ and never claimed a penny in benefits, so I take no lessons from those two.

I agree in principle to a benefit cap, but allowance should be made for genuine circumstances.

Housing benefit is out of control - but who is to blame?

The PM says people are getting £60,000 to £80,000.

Tenants are said to be responsible for high rents - not a word about greedy landlords.

No-one on benefits should get more than someone in work?

Wrong - a small minority due to circumstances beyond their control deserve more.

Invalidity - in some cases subject to abuse, but to pay a firm money ‘per capita’ to get people back to work is an incentive, now we have dying people classified as ‘fit to work’, which is outrageous.

Turn the clock back to 1948.

Bomb damage everywhere, rationing, clapped out buses and trams, trains run into the ground, no checks on abuse of workers, no health and safety.

The introduction of the NHS showed our country at its best.

When we were told we would have money taken out of our pay packets every week we were delighted because we thought it was marvellous to be able to get health care.

An extension of the pension age is necessary, but how are people doing physical jobs going to carry on when their bodies won’t let them as they age.

If people think they are going to be better off when all the work-shy and feckless are sorted out, they are in for a shock.

The only ones who will benefit are the well-off.

When you have an elite sat on the Government benches, how could it not ever be so?

Will Power

Victoria Road West