The news in the Gazette on May 29 which stated that one in 10 homes live in fuel poverty is terrible.
In the autumn of 2013 the energy bills issued by the big six energy companies produced a wave of anger which has gathered strength since then.
Everyone knows that heating and lighting our homes are basic necessities, and yet the price continues to spiral upwards.
That 25,000 people die in the cold every winter here in the UK is an absolute disgrace. Fuel poverty is a blight on the lives of millions and a damning indictment on our system.
Most politicians look to the market for solutions, but the reliance on the market has meant the country has not built up storage of fuel like elsewhere.
The big six count the profits rolling in rather than keeping the lights on and keeping us warm. They keep giving us technical reports as to why we have to keep the system in place.
Anyone can see they make obscene profits. They have profiteered from us long enough. Private ownership of energy has failed, it is now time to take it in to public ownership for all working people.
Anchors Lane Fleetwood
Ban the killer drugs
I was pleased to see that a crackdown on so-called ‘legal highs’ was prominently outlined in the Queen’s Speech to the House of Commons last week and that a bill will be introduced that will outlaw the sale, production and distribution of these lethal drugs.
Only nine months ago, I called on the Government to ban legal highs following recent figures that showed that deaths had doubled in just four years from 2009 and suggested that we follow the example of Ireland where there is a blanket ban ‘psychoactive’ drugs unless specifically exempted.
Young people in particular are being hoodwinked into believing that drugs such as Hippy Crack are safe because they are not a banned substance. This is simply not true and the sooner we can ban these drugs the better.
I acknowledge and welcome the progress that has been made by Blackpool Council in clamping down on ‘head shops’ and I hope that this new legislation will make it easier to take firmer action.
UKIP Blackpool MEP
Magicians are best
I must disagree with Jacqui Morley in her article headlined Barking up the Wrong Tree.
“I’d rather see dogs in the Royal Show than another magician,” she says, “Have you seen how many magicians head to Blackpool for the convention each year?”
Does she not realise that realise that this convention in February is a great boost to the town, with 4,000 people booked in at this convention?
This fills a great amount of hotels and guest houses in the resort.
Do you think that Amanda Thomson at the Pleasure Beach would be booking a very talented magician for the summer season if she didn’t have confidence in magic performances?
Come on Jacquie! Dog acts are just jumping on the bandwagon after Pudsey.
Duggie Chapman Blackpool
The act is vital
Not only would the Government’s threats to scrap the Human Rights Act be a disaster for every one of us in the UK, but also they would risk unravelling human rights progress across the world.
British people have fought for their human rights over generations and in other countries people continue to risk their lives and liberty to get them.
Now our hard-won rights are likely to be taken away with the stroke of the politician’s fountain pen.
Despite the myths which have been peddled about the Human Rights Act, in reality the act protects 16 precious freedoms.
It helps the sick, the elderly and most vulnerable.
While dictators around the world might rub their hands in glee at the Government’s plans, everyone else should be deeply concerned. Please join Fylde Coast Amnesty International Group in calling on the Government to save the act at www.savethe act.co.uk
Chairman of Fylde Coast Amnesty
Just a con trick
Why should failing schools become academies?
Who will run them better? Their problems are social not simply teaching standards. It is just a Government con trick to privatise everything or beat hard-working teachers.