Your silence is very worrying
In my letter to your paper dated April 13 I asked the SNP candidate a simple question about her government’s Football Bill.
I was disappointed not to receive a reply, however can appreciate she may not always read the letters page so decided to write an email asking her the same simple question ‘do you support the Football Bill, yes or no?’. Again no answer.
The fact she has completely failed to respond to a genuine question about a piece of legislation passed by her SNP government is very worrying.
If Ms Haughey does oppose the bill why doesn’t she just tell us, or is she happy to continue taking orders from SNP high command and leaving her convictions at home.
Or is it indeed the case SNP candidates are more offended by football fans than poverty? Elizabeth-Anne Callaghan, By email. words of the people who lived it. We’d like the people of the UK to look in their attics, rummage around in their garages, and search their sheds for old letters and postcards. Some might be from centuries ago; others might have just been delivered last week. We’d like to know what these letters have to say – from the first time someone travelled abroad, to the impact of conflict.
If you find something brilliant in your own family letters, you can upload it either through http://www. royalmailgroup.com/lettersofourlives or by sending a photocopy to Freepost RTSA-BEGA-AAZB, Letters of our lives, Riverside House - Riverside Estate, Sir Thomas Longley Road, Medway City Estate, Rochester, ME2 4FN to be documented as part of this fascinating project.
I can’t wait to read all the letters and postcards, and to share in the pride of the families who’ve found a story to tell us. Lucy Worsley TV historian and chief curator, Historic Royal Palaces
last week, although was left confused by some of Clare Haughey’s comments.
On the debate on how we protect local services and stop the cuts Ms Haughey claimed that by introducing the 50p top rate of tax we would see an exodus of people moving down south. I do not believe this and evidence from Denmark suggests that it takes an additional tax rate of 70 per cent before people are prepared to move.
The SNP supported the increase in the additional rate to 50 per cent before the referendum and give no convincing reason for their u-turn.
I for one am in favour of raising taxes on the richest one per cent if it means stopping any more cuts being forced on us from the Scottish Government. Dr Richard Watson Cambuslang misleading voters across Scotland not once but twice.
They have had nearly a decade in office to reform and replace the council tax but instead completely ignored it.
During this time the SNP government has slashed funding to councils which in turn has resulted in local services being affected.
Rather than boasting about ‘tweaking’ local government finance, Ms Haughey would have gained some credibility if she was straight with people about the SNP government’s dismal record when it comes to funding the local services we all rely on. Chris Hester Rutherglen
In Hamilton, the town where I live, 45 year old David Caine lay dead in his flat for weeks and no friends or relatives came forward to deal with his funeral.
The local council had to take over to provide the most basic of all funerals, a paupers funeral. This includes a coffin, and transport to the crematorium by undertakers, who do a reading or poem to send him off, with nobody such as a minister, priests or funeral celebrant, present to record publicly anything about the life of David.
The management and customers of the local pub that David used regularly, were deeply moved by this situation and had a collection to provide the money for him to have a more dignified send off.
In Clydebank this week, the family of 15 year old Paige Doherty, who was brutally murdered, were supported in their grief by friends and neighbours who raised the funds to pay for a dignified send off for Paige, with a carriage and white horses and the support of over 600 people at the funeral.
In Glasgow, the family of the Muslim shopkeeper Asad Shah who was brutally murdered for daring to send Easter good wishes to people of other faiths, were also generously supported by their local community to pay for his funeral and a memorial for him.
All of these instances of Crowd Funding of funerals serve to remind us all, that the cost of a funeral is no longer affordable by many families in the UK. Having to find thousands of pounds at a few days notice, for an unexpected funeral, is sending hundreds of families into debt which they should not have to incur.
When I launched this petition I said that a basic funeral today now costs £3,500 and is predicted to cost £6,800 by 2024 and over £11,000 by 2031. Surely it cannot be acceptable that excessive profits can be made from bereaved families for funeral services that have become so high that families have to depend on Crowd Funding to send their loved ones off with some dignity.
Our parliaments will only take this scandal seriously if they believe that the public at large are serious about wanting the multi-billion pound funeral business investigated.
I will be away for a few days and I hope when I return that many more of you will have taken a few minutes to encourage others to sign this petition.
www.change.org/p/uk-and-scottishparliaments-should-investigate-whyfunerals-cost-so-much? Max Cruickshank Hamilton Dozens of people took to the Rutherglen Reformer Facebook page to commend or question South Lanarkshire Council’s priorities with the introduction of cycle lanes on Cambuslang Main Street.
Ashley Steele wrote:“This is ridiculous. As if the traffic on the Main Street isn’t bad enough at rush hour.
“This is going to reduce the people driving along the Main Street, therefore shops suffer, and will see more idiots using the quieter roads as a short cut.
“I thought that they were possibly providing more parking facilities for the train station. Then I thought, don’t be daft, we’ve only been asking for that for years. Who asked for the cycle lanes? The ones that were painted were fine!”
Ron Atkins agreed, adding:“I am both a driver and a cyclist commuter. I am not impressed with this change with either hat on.
“So much for the cost cutting at SLC when they can waste thousands changing a road layout that has been fine for decades and would have been fine for decades to come.
“Oh, and what will happen when busses jam up the single lane left at the bus stops and the fire engines come up to answer an emergency, or an ambulance is trying to save someone’s life; did they think of this?
“When cycling I am fine at the side of the road and find most drivers are decent and considerate; as I try to be to drivers when cycling.”
But Jill Morton said more people need to become active commuters, walking and cycling around the town.
She said:“Finally decent cycle infrastructure. Painting a line on the road is not enough. This is much safer.
“It would be good if the next step was proper segregated cycle routes.... If you build it, they will come.”
Craig Green added: “Fantastic news and great to see. Some proper infrastructure for cyclists rather than having to cycle along poxy painted lines which just about cover the pot holes. Money well spent.”
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