City bus ser­vice is tak­ing us for a ride

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AS far as self-con­grat­u­la­tory re­ports go, Coun Peter Jones of Trans­port for Greater Manch­ester and Sal­ford coun­cil takes the bis­cuit.

Rushed out to all mem­bers of Sal­ford’s var­i­ous com­mu­nity com­mit­tees, it hides no po­lit­i­cal bias and cheap point scor­ing – sadly it de­nies the mis­ery of the A580 East Lan­cashire Road driver who has no real op­tion but to use their cars, vans or lor­ries.

Gone are the days of fixing a prob­lem, we have spin com­ing from the masters of this dark art.

When will the rate-pay­ing trav­el­ling pub­lic see or ex­pect to see a sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment on our roads? On present show­ing, not soon.

The much-lauded £100m guided busway has not taken the traf­fic it promised off our roads and its rel­a­tive ‘suc­cess’ has re­sulted in many can­celled bus ser­vices and peak-time ca­pac­ity is­sues fac­ing those ac­tu­ally try­ing to get to work. R W Goodall, Wors­ley

How can I be pres­i­dent?

HOW does one be­come Pres­i­dent of the United States of Europe? I fancy ap­ply­ing. Any­one can run for Pres­i­dent in the USA – as you may have no­ticed – so doubt­less the USE will be equally demo­cratic.

Where do I ap­ply? Barry Tighe

Build­ing re­silience

NEWS that un­der in­ter­na­tional aid rules, An­guilla, Turks and Caicos and the Bri­tish Vir­gin Is­lands are con­sid­ered too wealthy to qual­ify for as­sis­tance af­ter dev­as­ta­tion from Hur­ri­cane Irma may seem mad when the need is so ob­vi­ous.

But how many dis­agree with the prin­ci­ple that UK Aid should go to those who are the poor­est?

There are poor peo­ple with des­per­ate needs in th­ese Bri­tish over­seas ter­ri­to­ries, but they are also homes of fan­tas­tic wealth – not just in their beau­ti­ful set­tings but in the hid­den for­tunes of be­ing tax havens.

This is why some sug­gest Boris John­son, our For­eign Sec­re­tary, has been sent – he’s good at waf­fling down ques­tions.

How­ever, this ‘too wealthy’ prob­lem isn’t limited to th­ese is­lands. Other coun­tries are eco­nom­i­cally chained up with debts, pay­ment of which brings chronic poverty and aus­ter­ity. Manch­ester has many fam­i­lies from Ja­maica and Pak­istan, con­tribut­ing and re­mit­ting funds to fam­i­lies des­per­ate for help. This is laud­able, as is sup­port­ing peo­ple hit by hur­ri­canes.

But storms hap­pen and we need to help build re­silience.

I hope peo­ple, and our gov­ern­ment, will go be­yond patch­ing things up to changing sit­u­a­tions so coun­tries can bet­ter stand on their own feet. Stephen Pen­nells, Ju­bilee Debt Cam­paign, Manch­ester

Stamp out law­less bikes

WITH a Lon­don cy­clist be­ing con­victed of caus­ing bod­ily harm by ‘wan­ton and fu­ri­ous driv­ing’ for caus­ing the death of a pedes­trian, and an­other pedes­trian need­ing a hip re­place­ment af­ter be­ing hit by a ‘pave­ment cy­clist,’ (M.E.N. Septem­ber 7), it’s surely time to con­sider a law which can stop law­less cy­cling once and for all.

In mo­tor ve­hi­cles, we ef­fec­tively have ‘bul­let proof vests.’ On bi­cy­cles, we’re ef­fec­tively naked and de­fence­less. With mo­tor ve­hi­cles be­ing so safe, Gor­don Tul­lock, a pro­fes­sor of law, once joked that if the gov­ern­ment wanted peo­ple to drive safely, they’d man­date a spike in the mid­dle of each steer­ing wheel. Of course, such a thing would never hap­pen but en­sur­ing the per­son most in con­trol of a sit­u­a­tion will be dam­aged by their mis­takes can lead to much safer be­hav­iour. To be fair, to stop ‘law­less cy­cling,’ penalty points should be re­placed by driv­ing bans. Name and ad­dress sup­plied

A rainbow over Red­dish Vale Coun­try Park by Alan Rigby, of Stock­port. If you have a stun­ning picture, then we’d love to see it. Send your pho­tos to us at view­points@men-news. co.uk, mark­ing them Picture of the Day

Boris John­son

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