New police inspector
May I express my full support for Fylde’s new head of police Inspector Mark Thackeray-Scott in his ‘community engagement’ task.
As a police volunteer I have an insight into the hard work and dedication our police give to the role.
In times of austerity measures, police officers face ever-demanding tasks head-on with such enthusiasm. I am so proud of our policing team.
It is the duty of residents to assist police in making Lancashire one of the safest areas in which to live, such as by taking simple security measures to ensure property and vehicles are locked and valuables out of sight. Setting up a Neighbourhood Watch scheme is easy, bringing the community together - a citizen-organised system of policing in a particular environment to prevent crime and disorder.
Anyone interested in becoming a Neighbourhood Watch coordinator should contact watch liaison officer Susan Blackburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or myself email@example.com.
It is a fine means of helping to make our community safer and reducing crime with people watching out for each other and reporting suspicious behaviour to police.
Free health vital for all
A recent reader told of her appreciation for our NHS, a sentiment I know many people share.
Britain was the first country to adopt a comprehensive health system for all citizens, dedicated to providing health care, free at the point of need for all.
Before its introduction patients were charged for visiting their local doctor, to working families this was a burden.
In the USA some 40million citizens cannot afford private health insurance and therefore have to rely on a very poor basic cover.
This is an appalling fact in the affluent ‘Land of the Free’.
The Coalition Government has forced health reforms through Parliament.
New staff employed by private companies who have won some of these health contracts are hired on lower salary scales.
All part of the increasingly low wage economy, much loved by these private companies to maximise profits.
These companies use their name plus the NHS logo.
Readers should not assume they are part of the NHS.
The same health care reforms allow hospital trusts to use 49 per cent of their beds for private fee paying patients. As a result NHS waiting lists which have already nationally lengthened will increase.
Nye Bevan the Labour MP, often referred to as the ‘Father of the NHS’ when asked how long will it last, replied. ‘As long as there are people left with the faith to fight for it’.
Women on frontline
Step too far
The proposal by the Defence Secretary that women should be allowed to serve in front-line Army units is a step too far – it will be greeted with dismay in the majority of Army units. In brief, the reasons are: firstly, many women will not be able to meet the rigorous physical standards needed by, for example, infantry soldiers.
Secondly, most men would not wish to see women involved in actions that require killing; killing is a very very nasty business.
Thirdly, the male members of a military operation, for example a patrol, cannot afford to be distracted by concerns about the safety of a female member.
Many studies in several countries show that this is what happens. The result is the operation is hampered and the life of everyone is put in jeopardy.
Fourthly, battle injuries are often horrific.
To have to witness let alone treat a terribly injured female soldier would be a very traumatic experience as Israeli army studies have demonstrated.
The claim by the Government that the proposal is all about gender equality is simply not true.
It is being suggested because Army recruitment is, despite claims to the contrary, in a very bad way, and this is a desperate attempt to fill shortfalls in an Army that has been in the words of the recent Deputy Supreme Commander of NATO, General Sir Richard Shirreff ‘cut to the bone’.
Colonel (retired) Barry Clayton
Why the long face?
What a mare
Dog owners who don’t pick up after their pets quite rightly get chastised and hopefully fined. If you have a pet, it’s your responsibility to pick up after your pets. So why do horse owners appear to get off free without such sanction or ridicule? Horse owners regularly wander down my road, their equine pals dropping their doings all over the road. Do they come back and pick it up later? No. Do they get chastised? No. Probably because horses are seen as more graceful animals. Double standards, eh?
Disgruntled dog owner
Cypress Point, Ansdell