Letters, October 14: Bristol City indifference to fans, NHS pay freeze and low morale at Wiltshire Council
Maybe James Bond to blame for this fear
I wonder why people fear Bulgarians and Romanians? Have they ever met any?
Exeter has absorbed immigrants from all over Eastern Europe. They all fit in very well. Why would two more states make any difference?
In the James Bond books the villains were often Bulgarians and Romanians. Possibly this is why people seem to fear them.
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No such thing as affordable housing
Which political party is prepared to examine the house-buying process? The problem with the housing market is just that – it is a market.
From the purchase of building land to the moment a proud first-time buyer takes possession of a new home, eight or more individuals and agencies may have been involved each taking a profit.
These costs to the buyer, together with layers of VAT, inevitably become part of the mortgage. For years, interest will be paid to a lender on fees, together with tax which has been paid to the Government.
Building industry faces age 'timebomb'
Reports from the CIPS/Markit that the construction industry has grown again for the fifth consecutive month is positive news. However, as the industry continues to develop, employers in Somerset will need the skills, talent and enthusiasm of young people in order to succeed.
With 22 per cent of construction workers in the South West aged 55 and over, the industry faces a serious risk of a skills "time bomb". As the demand for fresh talent in the industry increases, there has never been a better time for young people in Somerset to consider a career in construction.
With an aim to get Britain building, CITB last year provided more than £78million in grants to employers for training, and supported over 17,000 construction apprentices. These provide a clear route for youngsters into a world class industry, with outstanding career prospects.
For details and guidance on a career in construction, youngsters should visit www.citb.co.uk/careers-in-construction.
Sector strategy manager for CITB in the South West
Reshuffle re-arranges deckchairs on Titanic
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's admission that he was sacking a minister to give other Liberal Democrat MPs a chance in office was truly astonishing. When the ship is sinking you need your best people manning the lifeboats.
The whole Coalition reshuffle had the feel that it was like rearranging the deck chairs on the RMS Titanic. Meanwhile on the SS Miliband there are now a record fourteen women serving in the Shadow Cabinet crew. The problem on the horizon however is that the rescue is still 18 months away.
Pay freeze forgets previous wastage
Councillor Terry Chivers is correct in his letter "A kick in the teeth for health workers" (Daily Press October 7). Once again the Government has got its priorities wrong by wanting to stop a 1 per cent pay rise for all National Health staff. It conveniently forgets the amount of money governments have wasted over the years and still doing so, which is a monumental disgrace,
We can't do without health workers but we could do without both houses of Parliament, There is no serious suggestions by the Government to curb increases in salaries or bonuses to groups such as bankers and people who are earning huge salaries, unlike health workers these groups of people don't deserve or need the extra money,
On another subject, I thought this Government promised there would be no redundancies for British troops who were serving in Afghanistan, so has David Cameron broken yet another of his promises or have I got it wrong?
I agree with MP Adam Afriyie, when he said there should be a referendum in October 2014 as "voters were not convinced by the PM's promise" if he wins the next general election out right. We all know that Nick Clegg wants to stay in the EU, as do Labour. So unless ideas change drastically, we will still be in the EU and handing out money we can't afford to Brussels for years to come.
Winscombe, North Somerset
Council candidate is owed an apology
I was astonished by Councillor Chivers' unwarranted attack on the Ukip candidate who stood against him not being at the count, that candidate was Caroline Stephens, who I know quite well and he knew because they had met while out campaigning.
On the day of the count Caroline was at the Department of Work and Pensions attending a debate on savings and education. Our North Wiltshire chairwoman, knowing that, had sent other Ukip members to attend the count on her behalf. I feel Councillor Chivers you owe her an apology.
Low morale needs greater study
At Wiltshire Council recently there has been much mention of low staff morale. The trade union, Unison, has also issued a letter to all Wiltshire councillors, making a point about the massive salary increases for senior staff, when ordinary staff had their increases limited by law to 1 per cent.
I took the matter of perceived low morale to Wiltshire Council's Scrutiny Management Committee last Monday. My objective was to ask for an independent survey to objectively establish the situation.
To cut a long story short, the Conservative dominated committee decided that there was sufficient in-house data to reject my call for independent data. However under closer questioning it became apparent that much of this was getting on for 12 months old. That is well before the latest redundancies.
Two other things stick in my mind about this particular meeting, First, that the Conservative councillor with human resources responsibility made an outrageous statement that, "if those working for Wiltshire Council don't like it, they should leave". To my mind this is tantamount to bullying. Second, the virtual absence of Lib Dem councillors at the meeting.
Independent Wiltshire councillor
New PCCs are far more democratic
Surprise surprise the Rt Hon David Heath CBE MP, Somerton & Frome to step down at next general election. The obvious "fall" guy for the chaotic badger cull. Having been around over 40 years within the Somerset body politic the reality is that the appointment of a police and crime commissioner is far more democratic that the former political "functionary".
Graham E Livings