Letters - September 01, 2014

Big decision: The independence vote is best left to those who will be directly affected by the decision in Scotland, says a reader who has moved from north of the border to Blackpool recently
Big decision: The independence vote is best left to those who will be directly affected by the decision in Scotland, says a reader who has moved from north of the border to Blackpool recently
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Leave decision to voters in Scotland

Scottish referendum


The article by Peter Wood (Politically Correct, August 27) on the Scottish referendum was of interest to me as my husband and I have recently moved from 
North East Scotland to Blackpool.

He seems to be under the impression that only people born in Scotland can vote in the referendum, however, anyone of age who resides in Scotland can vote regardless of where they were born.

Mr Wood gives a compelling argument for the rights of ex- pats to vote in the referendum but there are pitfalls.

My husband was born in Scotland, I was not.

Should I be banned from voting?

Hardly fair considering I worked, paid taxes, owned property and served on several councils in Scotland.

If the right to vote is by Scottish birth, should people take their birth certificate with them when they go to vote?

We and other people who moved from Scotland, made a conscious decision to do so, and that denies us the right to vote on the 
referendum or any political election in Scotland.

It should be the decision of people who are going to be affected by the outcome of the referendum to vote yes or no, in Scotland.

B. Clark

South Shore

Is this a class war?


Shelagh Parkinson’s article ‘Bearing the Brunt of Cuts’ (Gazette August 27) is incredible.

This must be some class war, not accidental.

The 10 most deprived local authorities have cuts of £780 for family budgets, but it is only £48 in the richest areas.

In a recent edition of The Gazette, Tim Gavell reported that, according to Barnardos, households are too poor for a trip to the seaside.

Family holidays have a special place in childhood memories, and have been part of working class culture since the 19th century.

It’s a damning indictment of the ‘Con Dem’ government that hundreds of thousands of families have been priced out by wage freezes and benefit cuts while inflation is running riot.

A whole generation is having its childhood stolen by the Government of the rich by the rich.

They have ripped the bottom out of our welfare state, incomes have fallendramatically with poverty on the rise.

There is rising food bank use in one of the richest countries in the world.

Turfing them out at the next General Election is now a priority for all of us.

Royston Jones

Beryl Avenue


Rotherham scandal


Regarding what is happening in Rotherham, nothing is being done about it, even by the police, and it gets swept under the carpet.

The fact that some of those responsible don’t work there anymore doesn’t stop them being brought back to answer for their failings, through the courts if need be.

Keith Hallam

(By email)

The Jay report revealed that a minimum of 1,400 children were abused in Rotherham over a 16-year period.

The report’s findings are shocking. No one involved escapes severe censure.

The police, social services, council members, parents, taxi firms and schools are all culpable.

The report details incompetence, cover ups, break-ins to destroy or alter files, and a culture that produced an attitude among professional bodies that the young girls were ‘not worth saving’.

To date, none of those responsible for this appalling regime of torture and rape have been charged.

There is another aspect that is very disturbing. Many of those responsible for this outrage have said they were afraid to speak out for ‘fear of upsetting the non-white community’.

They added that they also feared being labelled racist.

Their fear is not unjustified. For over 30 years the term racist has been thrown around increasingly casually, and become completely detached from any workable meaning.

This has silenced people even when their own interests were under threat.

This silence was a major reason why these vulnerable children could be groomed and repeatedly abused; the perpetrators knew that few would believe the girls’ stories, let alone speak out.

Dr Barry Clayton

Fieldfare Close


Touring shows

Not enough

Coming so soon after my views on musicals for the Opera House, it was disappointing to read the touring production of Annie Get Your Gun at the Grand Theatre has been cancelled.

We are short enough of touring musicals. One of your correspondents suggested shows like Wicked, Miss Saigon and even Les Miserables.

The trouble is these shows are not touring so cannot be considered for the Opera House, good though they may be.

Neil Kendall