Lit­ter prob­lem is one of ed­u­ca­tion

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - BERNARD FA­GAN Avon­dale Drive Hayes R W TEAGUE Church Road Uxbridge

I AM writ­ing in re­sponse to your ar­ti­cle in the Jan­uary 28th is­sue headed “Street Clean­ing Ap­palling”. It seems to me and to many peo­ple who re­side in the Hayes area that both Mr McDon­nell MP and Coun­cil­lor Pud­di­foot are com­pletely out of touch with the re­al­ity of what is hap­pen­ing in Hayes. Both of th­ese po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated gen­tle­men ob­fus­cate the real rea­son why Hayes has a prob­lem by at­tack­ing each other and avoid­ing the real prob­lem out of ex­treme po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness and their own self in­ter­ests.

A mere 20 years or so ago Hayes was a thriv­ing industrial town where the vast ma­jor­ity of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion had a good job and vir­tu­ally ev­ery other need and con­ve­nience on their door step.

Th­ese peo­ple had a sense of be­long­ing and com­mu­nity which in turn brought about a sense of pride in their town. To­day Hayes is vir­tu­ally void of in­dus­try and is packed solid with peo­ple from var­i­ous back­grounds both cul­tur­ally and ge­o­graph­i­cally, who are of­ten un­em­ployed and living in poor stan­dard ac­com­mo­da­tion. Th­ese peo­ple would have lit­tle in­ter­est in is­sues such as lit­ter or fly tip­ping or in­deed in the ap­pear­ance of Hayes, or how it is per­ceived by oth­ers as they face daily strug­gles and of­ten hail from re­gions where such is­sues do not com­mand any pri­or­ity.

The ma­jor­ity of the street clean­ers in the Hayes area do an ex­cel­lent job, of­ten in dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances with the min­i­mum of sup­port from the coun­cil or lo­cal politi­cians, as is ev­i­dent by the fail­ure of both Mr McDen­nell and coun­cil­lor Pud­di­foot to recog­nise their ster­ling ef­forts in your ar­ti­cle. The prob­lem here is one of ed­u­ca­tion and even handed penalty against of­fend­ers.

Peo­ple need to be ed­u­cated that lit­ter­ing, fly tip­ping, spit­ting etc, are not ac­cept­able and re­peat of­fend­ers need to be se­verely fined so that the mes­sage gets out there. When th­ese mea­sures are in­tro­duced and rig­or­ously en­forced I am con­fi­dent that this blight on our town will im­prove sig­nif­i­cantly. How­ever as long as the po­lit­i­cally mo­ti­vated smoke­screen re­mains in place noth­ing will change and Hayes will co ntinue to limp from one fail­ure to an­other. to Bri­tain.

Would I be re­garded as an old cynic if I were to sug­gest that it was to avoid any pos­si­ble con­sti­tu­tional ob­sta­cles that might pre­vent him be­com­ing Prime Min­is­ter?

Mr John­son also claims that he wishes to cease pay­ing taxes to Amer­ica but surely this is not a new sit­u­a­tion for him. When you pay very ex­pen­sive ac­coun­tants to han­dle your tax af­fairs (see his tax dec­la­ra­tion on-line) one would ex­pect them to make their client fully con­ver­sant with his tax li­a­bil­i­ties, equally one as­sumes that he would have to au­tho­rise the pay­ments when they were due

Per­haps we might pon­der on the in­fer­ence that if one needs to em­ploy ex­pen­sive ac­coun­tants then the amount of tax that he avoids pay­ing must be in ex­cess of their very high fees, oth­er­wise they, the ac­coun­tants, would not be cost ef­fec­tive. Not il­le­gal to AVOID pay­ing tax, we all do it to a greater or lesser ex­tent, but with all the moral­is­ing that politi­cians are cur­rently in­dulging in, where does Boris stand? What be­comes in­creas­ingly clear is, that Boris is not for Bri­tain and cer­tainly not for Hilling­don, but Boris IS for Boris. Clearly he is buck­ing to be­come Prime Min­is­ter and he is try­ing to do it at the ex­pense of the elec­torate of Hilling­don. It would ap­pear that Mr John­son is re­strict­ing his am­bi­tions some­what, since, by re­nounc­ing US Cit­i­zen­ship he loses the op­por­tu­nity to be­come Prime Min­is­ter, Mayor of Lon­don, MP for Hilling­don and Pres­i­dent of the United States all at the same time.

Must be a re­lief for Hil­lary!

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