More new car parks will mean more cash
WE are, apparently, in a period of austerity where cuts to many budgets are seriously affecting our public services.
Could someone please explain to me why a Labour controlled council (93 Labour and 3 Lib Dems) can justify spending £250m on a cycle scheme for Manchester that will provide benefits for very few people and deliver no income.
Driving into Manchester recently I have on average seen five cyclists, over my whole 20-mile journey, among with the 100s of cars stuck in traffic jams.
To improve the city and the lives of its inhabitants here are some ideas.
1) Build more car parks – both in the city and near outlying tram and train stations. They would provide income on the investment. I have tried to use the trams but have great difficulty in parking the car.
2) Reprogram traffic lights to stop the stop/start character of every journey. Make getting in and out of the city a priority by keeping the radial routes flowing better at peak times. Surely if I can switch my home central heating on from my car, the transport authority could alter the traffic lights from their nice warm office.
3) Get rid of the cycling Tsar, Mr Boardman, who has the cheek to tell us that cycle lanes are in need of repair! Does he ever drive a car on the main roads around the region?
4) On my last visit to A&E with severe chest pain in the late evening the NHS care provided to me was world class. I had bypass surgery two years before but in this instance it proved to be acute peritonitis.
However others present, taking up the resources of A & E, were suffering from injuries apparently attributed to drinking too much alcohol. At one time there were 12 police officers dealing with eight drunks, most of whom were not sitting quietly. If the injury is alcohol-induced they should be isolated in a holding area until sober. So if we do we have problems with our services they are not always solved by just throwing more money at them! Sometimes the application and allocation of that money is just as important. Name and address supplied
A woman of integrity
AS a parent of a fast-track civil servant who has worked in the offices of high-profile secretaries of state, ensuring they are briefed and their instructions are implemented, I know they take neutrality and loyalty seriously.
They are not loyal to the person of their political master, they are loyal to the office the politician holds in Her Majesty’s Government. They may speak truth to power but are tight-lipped about what is going on and do not whisper when the wheels are coming off.
They have to be prepared for instantaneous changes, perhaps caused by resignation and reshuffle, perhaps by radical change of government. They breath deeply and do not rush into things.
They are consummate professionals, dedicated to public service. The figure of Sir Humphrey Appleby (so memorably played by Nigel Hawthorne in Yes Minister) may be complacent, obfuscatory, and enjoying a gravy-train of entitlement, in reality many senior civil servants are well aware that they could be paid twice or thrice as much in the private sector.
So we should take notice when a
Alexandra Hall Hall, the senior Brexit counsellor at our Washington embassy, resigned recently and accused the government of not being honest with voters about the implications of leaving the EU.
In her resignation letter she complained of: “...the way in which our political leaders have tried to deliver Brexit, with reluctance to address honestly, even with our own citizens, the challenges and trade-offs which Brexit involves; the use of misleading or disingenuous arguments about the implications of the various options before us...”
She continued: “I would prefer to do something more rewarding with my time, than peddle half-truths on behalf of a government I do not trust.”
She will have known this ends her career which has previously seen her as Ambassador to Georgia.
Nobody has suggested her having any party political motivation; perhaps, unlike some, she treasures her integrity. Parent of a civil servant
Shame on you Salford
SO sad to see the news of the imminent demolition of the Adelphi lads club for yet more apartments and no affordable housing in the deal in an area that’s desperate for it. Salford’s so-called Labour council should hang its head in shame. Ken Jones, Salford
Don’t scrap red button
IT has been announced that the BBC red button news service is to cease in the new year. This is a service very-little talked about, but a lifeline to many people.
These are often people with no access to internet or 100 channel TV’s.
The brilliant service gives concise, easy to read (even for dyslexic sufferers) news of international, national, sport, health, business, technology, entertainment and even the front pages of the national newspapers. You can even get local news from all over Britain!
I still do not know if the weather and travel reports are to be retained but the TV keeps telling us to take heed of the local weather warnings. Where from?
These people cannot make their voices heard and will not complain. They will just be more cut off from the world. Outcast.
I appeal to the BBC, you are getting the Licence fee from the over 75s next year. Please do not stop this most worthy service.
Please could our local Councillors give them a voice? S.C. Ward, Boothstown
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