Letters, October 14: Broken Britain, badger cull U-turn and parties divided on devolution
Police boss does not need ivory tower
It is not forgotten that the position of Police and Crime Commissioner was brought about because Police Authorities were found to be wanting in their overall service to the public.
However as often happens, rather than rectifying this by radical measures, the baby is thrown out with the bath water leaving a Police and Crime Commissioner for Devon who is now employing more support staff in addition to those inherited from the old authority.
The public have every right to be concerned, especially as action to date seems to be confined to words and meetings and not yet felt in neighbourhoods where it matters.
Everybody must work within their means, especially in the present climate, and this means the Commissioner, especially as his role is to monitor the police under that same banner.
We do not need more administrators, strategists and the like, especially where the public have had no say in their appointment.
Put quite simply, if an individual feels well policed then very often he is, and speaking personally I have yet to experience that more administrators are ever the answer to achieving this.
Minister's about turn fails to impress me
Owen Paterson's robotic performance when asked about mess he has made of killing badgers, as a way of tackling bovine TB, was a prime example of what is wrong with our countryside and food producing communities.
He was asked a couple of times why he had not had shot badgers tested for TB. He refused say why, yet kept repeating that "the wildlife is reservoir of TB" plus now saying the lesser numbers of badgers shot, was because there are fewer of them yet previously he and the pro-badger lobby writing into the Daily Press said the reason bovine TB is rife is because the countryside is over run with badgers.
Owen Paterson coming from the blood sports lobby will or can not accept nature, in fact, they hate it, because they have their own agenda and all else is secondary.
Also on issues like fireworks, Chinese lanterns and balloons being let off causing fires, injuries, death and panic in farm animals, pets and wildlife. When Chinese lanterns first appeared, I wrote to my MP plus the appropriate minister and it was made clear that their concern for the hospitality industry had priority over the farming community, wildlife and owners of pets. I have spent years campaigning about such real issues yet very few politicians care enough about farming, wildlife and other species generally.
Open invitations after this dream scenario
Continuing the Mary Martin dream scenario I would like to invite Mary and her family-orientated Prime Minister to one of the growing number of food banks in this country, to talk to one of the many unemployed teenagers and to visit one of the families evicted from their social housing or those that have lost their housing benefits having been placed inappropriately.
Talk to someone whose recent cataract operation has been cancelled, or now waits 12 months for a hip replacement, or perhaps someone who now finds varicose veins operations have been suspended.
But there we are Mary, we are all in this together, including our Prime Minister and Boy George. What Planet are you on ?
Parties' differences plain for all to see
With reference to Stephen Farthing's letter "Ukip threatens our Union and stability" (Daily Press October 10) he is more than a tad confused about the views expressed by Clive Lavelle and N Bussey.
It is not clear how he imagines Ukip, which is supported by N Bussey, threatens the Union. On the other hand, the English Democrats (the leading English nationalist party), which Clive Lavelle supports, does. They are not members of the same party, as Mr Farthing believes, and the policies they espouse regarding the continued existence of the United Kingdom are diametrically opposed.
Ukip wishes the UK to continue as now, while the English Democrats believe that the 1707 Act of Union was a disaster for England. Ukip wants the UK to withdraw from the European Union, but the English Democrats are a pro-independence nationalist party working for England to withdraw from both the EU and the UK. The clue is in the names UK Independence Party and English Democrats, respectively.
What Ukip is calling for is pie-in-the-sky. Scotland, Wales and London would all oppose withdrawal from the EU for various reasons.
The English Democrats' strategy has some chance of success, because the majority within England for withdrawal from the EU would be enough to overcome any opposition coming from London. Unlike Ukip, the English Democrats are hoping for a "yes" vote in next year's Scottish independence referendum.
Mr Farthing is not alone in his confusion. It is shared by Conservatives who claim to be opposed to EU membership, like Liam Fox MP and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP who clearly belong in Ukip judging by their pronouncements, and by Nick Clegg MP and David Laws MP who belong in a new Radical Party alongside David Cameron and George Osborne, and by all those Lib Dems who belong in the Green Party.
All The South Party
Step away from 'big six' to buy British
The letter from Dr David Hill says that if you shift to another energy provider you still end up paying to foreign shareholders.
Well he is right if you only use one of the big six, but he didn't mention that there are other smaller British-owned energy companies who could be considered if you want to change.
For example I have been with a small local English provider called Ovo Energy for a few years now and I am able to fix my prices for the next 12 months and I am very satisfied with the service I receive from them.
I do not have any connection with them except as a customer.