Letters - February 5

St Helens Greg Richards is tackled by the Wigan Warriors defence during James Roby's Testimonial match at Langtree Park, St Helens
St Helens Greg Richards is tackled by the Wigan Warriors defence during James Roby's Testimonial match at Langtree Park, St Helens

Tough tactics

Nathan Brown says the rough treatment on Luke Walsh by Wigan’s front-rowers is “standard”. Spot on, Nathan.

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Shopping

What’s being done for our town?

I agree with Lee Jones in asking the question: “What is being done to save our town centre?” Another question is why has Wigan got a great shopping centre. I don’t care much for Wigan but it is better for going shopping and they certainly don’t seem to have as many pound shops as we do. And why does the council allow parking on both sides of Shaw Street near the bingo hall when there is a perfectly good parking area not too far away. Heaven help us of the fire brigade had to attend an emergency down that particular road.

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Freeman

What is the response?

In the St Helens Reporter’s letters page of January 22, I proposed that it would be ideal for St Helens Council to honour her inspirational sons Ray French and Steve Prescott by grating them the Freedom of the Borough. I have to inform you that there has been no response whatever from our Town Hall but this only follows the pattern of the year 2000 when the residents of St Helens asked for this honour to be conferred upon Sister Duffy of Providence Hospital, Alex Murphy and Geoff Duke and it was only by the efforts of groups of individuals constantly pressing for these awards (via their councillors) that the council eventually bowed to ‘people power’. Let us do this once again.

Eric Guest

Slag Lane, Haydock

Whiston Hospital

Fantastic caring approach

I have just spent 11 days in Whiston Hospital in which time I had four operations on my hand and finger. It was a bit of an emergency and I was stressed to say the least, but the kind and caring manner of the surgeons and the surgical team did a lot to ease my fears. I had to be awake for the operations as I have a heart problem. Each operation took about an hour during which a lot of the time we were chatting away to the extent that I almost forgot I was being operated on, although all the team were brilliant I have to single out the surgeon who first operated on me, I only know his first name was Partha, he explained everything so clearly and was a pleasure to talk to. One of the team was Jimmy Parr, a St Helens lad like myself who whilst monitoring the administering of the anesthetic was constantly talking to me to take my mind off what was going on. Jimmy appeared for my first second and fourth ops and played a massive role in helping me through. I spent time on wards 3c and 3a and the nurses were brilliant. I was looked after so well I can’t thank them enough and finally the women delivering food and drinks did a great job.

John Callon

Rivington Road, Dentons Green

Vote

Shaun voted for freedom of speech

A word of thanks to my MP Shaun Woodward for voting against the Govt this week when amendments to the Gagging Act were returned to parliament from the Lords.

The gagging law introduces new rules that would prevent non politicians from speaking up on the big issues of the day.

Loads of charities and campaign groups have spoken up about it, not just 38 Degrees, from the Royal British Legion to Oxfam, to the RSPB.

Despite how vocal civil society has been about the problems with this law, the government has been trying to rush it through without proper scrutiny. Groups that normally wouldn’t agree have been uniting to speak out against this law. Politics is too important to leave to political parties, and in a healthy democracy everyone should be able to express their views.

Bill Pearson

Scotchbarn Lane, Prescot

Brazil

Safety fears for World Cup

These days all too often we read of danger and unrest in the world around us and we would be very wise to pay heed.

Recently we have learned of the acute unrest and apparent danger in Brazil in the midst of the upcoming World Cup.

The word is out folks if you truly value your life, then stay at home.

Speaking from personal experience of many previous visits, it is simply not safe for man or beast or even locals.

Watching one’s own rear is enough, let alone others who could well find themselves packed into taxis and driven who know where. Forget the bus they don’t exist.

One has to be concerned about FIFA who made the location decisions.

Frank Werrill

St Helens

Health

Nothing has really changed

I was trawling the TV channels one evening recently and came across a showing of the 1970s series Not the Nine O’Clock News. In one sketch, a young Rowan Atkinson posed as an NHS official who was auctioning off a hospital bed.

The principle was, the more acute the illness, the better chance of a bed.

Considering the programme was first broadcast in 1975, nearly 40 years one, you have to say that despite all the hot air from political folk of all colours, very little real, on the ground, progress has actually been delivered.

Craig Wellum

St Helens