Letters - November 30, 2015

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POLITICS

Labour need to face up to the reality

I have to say I feel for the Labour spokesman. He must cry himself to sleep at night thinking of positive things to credit his shadow government with.

Since losing their messiah, “Tory” Blair, they have become a lost cause, turning against Mr Blair and now have a new Labour leader who believes in fairies, goodies and baddies. All the spokesman complains about constantly is the NHS, time after time.

I have first-hand experience of Blackpool Victoria Hospital having had three life-saving operations in the last 20 years, and due to the skill of the surgeons and dedication of the nursing staff, still live to tell the tale. In 1997 Mr Blair said “you have 24 hours to save the NHS”. In the 13 years they were in power, why didn’t they make it perfect? (Answers on a postcard please). Face reality Mr Spokesman.

Coun Tony Brown

Hilstone Lane

Blackpool

LORD’S PRAYER

Don’t forget, this is 
a Christian nation

Regarding the row about cinemas refusing to run an advert featuring the Lord’s Prayer, it seems the namby pamby gutless fools are at it again.

The UK is predominately Christian, our way of life is based on Christian beliefs, and if any of the other religions are offended by this, then go and live in a country that does not have Christian beliefs. We welcome everyone into our country who wants to have a better standard of life, not bring their standard of life with them. What next, cancel Christmas, cancel Easter? Most of our holidays are based on Christian religion.

We are a Christian nation which welcomes other religions on to our shores in the hope that they will work with us for the betterment of all people living in the UK.

As for being offended by our religion, don’t you dare.

Bruce Allen

Hawkshead Terrace

Blackpool

MIDDLE EAST

Do we really need to join bombing raids?

With China now joining the affray to bomb Syria, that’s 12 countries, so do we need to be the 13th? Why is David Cameron itching to join in this bombing? Does Syria need us? Is there a part of Syria crying out for British expertise that they have not been able to bomb so far?

I see it like this – there are 12 big bullies who have a victim on the floor kicking his head in, and Cameron is the little kid trying to get a reputation, trying to get through so he can launch a kick at the victim and earn his bragging rights.

Every innocent civilian maimed or killed, or displaced as a refugee, is fuel on the fire to more radicalisation, more soldiers for the terrorist cause. We could have defeated Daesh (formerly known as Isis), but we choose not to. We let two-mile long queues of tankers slip over the border unhindered into Turkey to sell oil on the black market. Terrorism is a multi-million pound business, and it’s our economy stupid.

It’s no surprise that last month China narrowly missed economic collapse, and our world hasn’t recovered from 2008, it’s just created more debt to solve the problem. It doesn’t matter who caused the atrocities in Paris, the result is war. There’s no money in peace and negotiations, but plenty of debt can be created to fund the war machine and give the impression the economy is growing. Even the Archbishop of Canterbury is calling for war, but that’s a debate for another day.

John Warnock

Armistead Estate

Fleetwood

POLITICS

West’s arms trade fuels terror crisis

The latest YouGov poll refutes Chris Moncrieff’s view (Gazette, November 24) that Jeremy Corbyn’s “grip on the party is slipping”.

In fact it has tightened to 66 per cent, up from 59.5 per cent.

The reason he is not gung-ho in support of a change to parliament’s existing ‘no bombing’ policy is that the illegal warfare in the Middle East, during the last decade, has been counter-productive and largely responsible for many hundreds of thousands of civilian deaths, enormous migrations across Europe from the area , and a meteoric rise in terrorism.

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia, with a relatively small population, and in no danger of invasion, spends more per capita on armaments than any other country in the world – twice that of the USA.

Some of these weapons arm its own version of ISIS – now invading Yemen – but much of the remainder goes direct to ISIS in Syria. Saudi Arabia’s armaments are made in the West.

Ron Atkins

via email

HEALTH

Men need to speak up about cancer

As thousands sprout Movember moustaches in the fight for men’s health, I am appealing to your readers with personal experience of prostate cancer to keep an eye out for a unique opportunity to make a difference to the lives of men who develop the disease in the future.

In the coming weeks, men who were diagnosed with prostate cancer between 18 and 42 months ago will start receiving a crucial survey from their hospital, funded with money raised through Movember. Its aim is to build up a detailed picture of the impact of prostate cancer on all aspects of a man’s life, by asking the only people who know – men who’ve been there.

Their confidential answers will be used to help make sure other men can be better advised and supported in the future, and to persuade health providers to invest in the services that men say make the most difference to them.

I urge any of readers who receive this survey to please fill it in and add their voice to tens of thousands of others fighting for change.

Dr Hilary Jones

On behalf of Prostate Cancer UK and Movember Foundation