Support picket lines
I agree with the firefighters going on strike and the NHS action.
We have to make a stand against the Government stealing our money from our pensions.
The financial world, unregulated banks, corrupt business deals and theft has ruined many peoples’ chances of a decent retirement.
Yet we are the ones who have to pay for their dishonesty and dirty dealings.
The Government knew about all this unregulated business with banks for years and years but let it run its course until it all came crashing down and led us into a recession.
Employees take no satisfaction in striking.
In fact it weighs a heavy burden on staff, particularly emergency workers.
So please show sympathy and support to those who have taken this decision and bear in mind when you see people on the picket lines that they are striking for what once was legally their own money.
Mrs J. Bridge
Transport falls short
I came for a holiday last week from Glasgow and ended up staying in or near my hotel as I could never get on a bus or tram.
They had timetables posted up but the buses and trams never ran to them and I usually got fed up waiting.
I meant to spend about £500 on Christmas shopping but will do it in Glasgow as I couldn’t afford to take taxis all the time. In my area I get a First Glasgow bus every six to 12 minutes from 6am till 1am next morning and they always run to time in a much bigger and busier city.
Why can they do it and you can’t in Blackpool?
Moved by the Blackpool’s Back TV campaign, I visited last week with five friends from Glasgow, not knowing that it was English half-term, which seemed to have come as a complete surprise to Blackpool Transport.
Trams were full and frequently ran late all day, buses meant to run every 10 minutes just didn’t turn up.
A three-day pass was, as on previous visits, a waste of money as we mostly had to use taxis.
Last Thursday was particularly bad, no trams for up to 25 minutes, then running past full. I noticed on previous visits that buses take ages to load, often sitting for five to six minutes at stops.
Buses are no busier than in the Glasgow area and have similar ticketing.
Staff don’t care, they’re in a cushy council job. Privatise them.
Will we be back? Not at this time of year.
Turn to green power
The United Kingdom is set on a dubious course of self destruction with the endorsement of a new generation of nuclear energy, with the decision to build a new nuclear plant at Hinckley Point.
The news that we still have massive stock piles of radioactive nuclear waste stored at Sellafield, in tanks that are now unstable and exposed to the weather, seems incredible.
That these tanks have been rotting away since the 1970s seems unthinkable.
We are also heavily involved with shale gas development that will soon join the doubtful energy mix (including coal) for what the government states will protect our energy security for years to come.
In a dozen years, though, industrial power house Germany has replaced 31 per cent of its nuclear and fossil fuel-generated electricity with green power, produced overwhelmingly from moderately sized on-shore wind, solar PV, hydro, and bio- energy installations.
It is Germany’s goal to cut carbon emissions by at least 80 per cent by 2050.
Even sceptical Angela Merkel changed her mind after visiting the Fukushima disaster in 2011.
Now all political parties in Germany are behind renewable energy. The reality is that on days that are sunny and windy the country’s share of renewable power shoots up by 70 per cent.
Solar panels are now able to convert daylight alone (without sun).
So in the UK we should do well as an island with wave, wind, and solar power, with bio energy together a perfect mix to reduce carbon and meet our goals of becoming carbon free within the next 20 years.
Sadly, the visions of politicians here are constrained in their imaginations.
They only see spending billions on shale gas industrial development with nuclear.