Letters, August 24: RSPCA, English politics and an eyesore in Stroud
Animal charity is not so squeaky clean
After reading Brian May's rant (Western Daily Press August 21), I felt I had to reply and put a few facts right about the RSPCA.
It is not as squeaky clean as it would like everyone to believe. It culls hundreds if not thousands of dogs every year. These are animals it has been asked to look after for one reason or another, or find a new home for.
A late friend of mine bequeathed a large sum of money to the RSPCA, hoping it would look after his dogs after his death.The RSPCA declined to take them. How can Mr May object to a legitimate culling of horrible, stinking vermin like a badger when the RSPCA kills lovely innocent pets?
As for him ranting on about rich, idle farmers chasing wild animals for pleasure, he doesn't know what he is talking about. Most dairy farmers do not support hunting in any form but work harder than Mr May has ever worked in his life or is ever likely to.
Chilton Polden, Somerset
Major parties won't focus on England
For the majority of England's inhabitants the findings of the "think tank" IPPR (Institute of Public Policy Research) poll on the Future of England is spot on.
On the political front respondents named Ukip as the political party now best placed to "stand up for England's national interests" so perhaps, at last, a pro- England party is on our side.
Not that it has much opposition, for the so-called three main "UK" parties, inherited by England alone after 1999 devolution, are woeful custodians of England's national interests.
Recently a prominent political journalist, while decrying the quality of our current politicians, asked "what kind of people do we really want to represent us in Parliament"?
Simple, in a democracy people want to be represented by politicians affiliated to national political parties who put the national interests of their country first – regrettably denied to England's inhabitants.
By contrast, self-governing Scotland and Wales are now represented and championed both in Westminster and in devolved governments by politicians affiliated to their own national Conservative, Labour, Lib Dem and nationalist parties.
Self governance is the birthright of every democracy but England remains financially and politically subjugated in the hands of "UK" parties. Why?
At election after election England's voters have anointed "musical chair" Labour or Tory governments, only to see their country's national interests ever eroded by these self-indulging "UK" parties who have no primary allegiance to England nor its people.
So will Ukip "stand up for England's people and its national interests and, packed with disenchanted Tories, can it evolve to become an English Conservative party?
In its present form Ukip is "treading water" for after any referendum win or lose it may struggle but as a dedicated English party then who knows? Alongside fast-growing English Democrats the parties could trigger a full (English) national political party regime which is now a "must" for England's inhabitants.
Or perhaps a breakaway of disenchanted current English Tory or even Labour MPs prepared to put their own country's national interests first could bring about political change.
In 2010 IPPR also concluded, from a survey of Westminster MPs, that "the UK status quo is no longer a option for England".
England has to become a proper democracy and be represented and championed by MPs affiliated to its own national parties just like every other democracy.
R A Hopkins
Time this eyesore was pulled down
Is this the worst eyesore in the West of England? Tricorn House has been empty for almost 20 years despite an effort by Stroud District Council to slap a compulsory purchase order on it, was rejected by the government of the day.
Approximately 12 months ago it was announced that a company was purchasing this property and work would commence "in earnest" on the renovation.
Promised dates of the work came and went. We are now informed that this company has pulled out of the deal and it is back to square one.
Perhaps, in these days of austerity, the Prime Minister could relocate to Tricorn House and we could sell No 10 putting the profits back into this country? How would the powers that be like to look at this eyesore everyday?
Let common sense prevail and allow the council to raise this monstrosity to the ground or will this take another 20 years before somebody sees the light.
Mr K Freeth
These protests divert us from real issues
There are many examples of how attention is diverted from the main point of important issues. For example, the media hype about fracking – lambasting the protesters while glibly ignoring the reasons why there is this Government's mad panic dash for a finite fossil fuel and 19th and 20th century technology.
We are in this last minute panic to "stop the lights going out" to use a well worn media phase, because of the lack of foresight of previous governments not funding research into renewables. If they had we would be way ahead now and and would not be being held to ransom by overseas suppliers.
The public are being led further astray by the pro-fracking media, with claims that in the US fracking is bringing the prices of energy down and preventing the more polluting coal-burning systems being used.
The reasons why the prices are being held low is because the demand for energy is low because of the recession, and even more coal is being mined, it is just being exported so someone else is burning it.
Also not being openly discussed is the fact that the geology is different in the US to that in the UK.
Yes the Government seems to have to do something, but to take funding from research into renewables from waves, water, wind and sun is making the same mistake which put us in the predicament we are in now – short-term planning.
So how can we move on if we do not accept the faults of the past?
All in this together – on the beach
So David Cameron and his family are taking their fourth holiday of the year in this time in Cornwall.
Clearly we are all in this together.
Councillor Terry Chivers
Independent Melksham Without North.