Letters - October 14, 2015

Friends of Highfield Road Park have transformed a bowling green into a community garden.
Friends of Highfield Road Park have transformed a bowling green into a community garden.
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POLITICS

This not kinder politics, Mr Corbyn

Mr Corbyn decries personal attacks on other politicians and wants a ‘kinder politics’. Well here are some examples:

1) A spitting, egg throwing mob, at the Conservative conference. Mr Corbyn later gave a speech to these people;

2) Labour MP Helen Goodman questioning why Jeremy Hunt’s Chinese wife came to England;

3) Christine Shawcroft ( a member of Labour’s NEC) saying that detractors of Mr Corbyn in the Labour Party should be ‘strung up’;

4) A new clique within the Labour Party called ‘Momentum’ attempting to drive out moderate MPs via a deselection process.

No this isn’t a new kind of kinder politics, it’s old fashioned 1970s left-wing militancy at it’s worst.

P Fillingham

via email

ENVIRONMENT

Help Friends group improve their park

The Friends of Highfield Road Park are organising an Autumn Action Day on Highfield Road Park, and wish to invite as many people as possible to join them next Sunday, October 18, from 1pm at the park.

Tools will be provided for planting spring bulbs, but if anyone would like to bring them own bulbs to plant they would be most welcome to do so.

Also if anyone is splitting shrubs, bushes or plants in their own gardens and want to bring them along we will happily help them plant them in the park.

The Friends also plan to plant some wildflower seeds too, so there will be plenty for everyone to do. Children under 14 should be accompanied by an adult or have written consent that they can help. Refreshments will be provided, all we ask is that volunteers wear suitable clothing/footwear for gardening. For further details please ring Karen Tel 312986.

Karen Pennington

Secretary of the Friends of Highfield Road Park

POLITICS

New thinking on benefits is needed

It is not a solution for Paul Maynard MP to lay the blame for Blackpool’s deprivation at the door of the local council, any more than it is to suppose the government is responsible for all the failings that lead to Blackpool’s dire poverty ratings (Gazette, October 9).

The causes of Blackpool’s problems are many and complex, however the solutions to turning around this shameful state of affairs are political ones.

There are measures that would help the situation in the short term, such as the government allowing the council to build new social housing, but the most pressing need is to scrap the existing benefits system, which traps people in poverty, and rebuild it from the ground up.

Its replacement would be a citizen’s income, that pays every man woman and child legally resident in the UK a guaranteed, non-means tested income, sufficient to cover basic needs. Disability and housing benefit would be retained, whilst the citizen’s income compensates working people for the loss of the personal tax allowance.

The result would be that people would not fall into absolute poverty, and reward people for all the work done outside the formal economy, mostly done by women.

Politicians at the national level, where tax and benefit systems are managed, should recognise that in the future, artificial intelligence and automation means we are developing a society where fewer and fewer jobs will be created, resulting in further pressure on people badly served by our current tax and benefits system.

New thinking is called for if we are to have a fairer society, not the kind that leads to the dogmatic ‘cutting of tax credits’, which will hit the poorest in our town.

Gordon Sinclair

Smithy Mews

Blackpool

LITTER

We have lessons to learn from Japan

Having lived and worked overseas for over 25 years, mainly in the Far East, I am convinced that the stricter primary education of children is the major influence on the litter problem in towns and cities around the world.

Of the 160 countries I have visited, Tokyo in Japan stands out as the world’s cleanest city, where you will be hard pressed to find any trace of litter. When I questioned a police officer on the absence of litter bins, he replied that the Japanese did not need litter bins because they keep their litter in their pockets until they get home, a habit which is instilled in them from a very young age.

The Japanese are surely the most self-disciplined race on earth and at least this habit of theirs, is one we should adopt !

Howard Henshaw

St Annes

COMMUNITY

‘Lady Jane’ is a credit to our town

I lost my bank card and couldn’t find it anywhere, I was really worried and then lo and behold Lady Jane, who’s in charge of the Post Office in Ashfield Road, walked three streets to deliver it to my house.

I call her Lady Jane because she’s very kind and caring and makes sure you get well looked after. It just wouldn’t happen in any other town.

Thanks again Lady Jane, I just love Blackpool.

M Crawford

Ashfield Road

Bispham