Letters - January 8

Prime Minister David Cameron walks along the helicopter flight line as he arrives at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.
Prime Minister David Cameron walks along the helicopter flight line as he arrives at Camp Bastion in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Thank You

An act of kindness

I wanted to say thank you to some wonderful people whose, unfortunately, names I never got, or if I did I’ve forgotten them due to the circumstances. Last month (December 8), my partner was brought off his bike due to a careless driver on the Rainford by-pass near Inglenook

Farm. Leaving out the messy details but some amazing people stopped to help, a medic from Manchester fire brigade, general first aiders and some genuinely nice and kind people, staying with him until the paramedics arrived and during. Firstly, Andy is badly injured, but it’s all fixable, will take some recovery, but will recover, and is thankfully now home. Secondly, I would like to thank the medic. You were amazing, the guy who put my bike somewhere secure, Barbara at Inglenook Farm for sorting things and everyone else who was there for support. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all so very much including the people who stopped as witnesses. You were a great comfort.

Tish Ormrod

Haydock

Afghanistan

Mission completed?

Well if David Cameron thinks it’s mission accomplished in Afghanistan then he is more naive than I thought because this whole debacle failed on every front and we come out of there having achieved absolutely nothing. In fact, in a lot respects this country is in a worse state than it was before we entered into this war which had nothing to do with us in the first place, except for Tony Blair wanting to help his friend George Bush as he strutted across the world stage as a statesman of note. He said he was making the UK safer place because of his actions, and like Iraq our parliament once again believed him, in fact it made us and America the number one target to every extremist muslim group across the globe.

Harry Bradbury

Loughrigg Avenue, Clinkham Wood

Prince’s Trust

Help is available

Recent research published by the Prince’s Trust suggests that 750,000 young people in the UK feel they have nothing to live for due to long-term unemployment. I would like to share my experiences of being a Princes Trust team member at St Helens College to highlight the help available to young people locally and the great work provided by the Prince’s Trust.

I finished high school in 2002 with poor GCSE grades and low confidence and self-esteem. I struggled to find a job as I had no work experience or confidence to shine at job interviews and I failed my medical for the Royal Navy twice so I missed enrolling at college as I intended to join the Navy.

My future seemed hopeless so my mum decided to enrol me on the Prince’s Trust 12 week team programme at St Helens College as that was the only course available to me at the time. I credit the course with changing my life and I wrote to Prince Charles personally to thank him and he replied.

The Prince’s Trust inspired me to take my education seriously and I graduated from Liverpool John Moore’s University in 2008 with a 2.1 Law Degree and from BPP Law School in Manchester in 2011 with a Commendation in my Legal Practice Course.

The confidence and self-esteem I gained from the Trust led me to become a volunteer which allowed me to develop transferable skills for the workplace. Indeed, I started my current job as an advisor at St Helens Citizens Advice Bureau as a volunteer.

I would urge any young people out there struggling to find work to consider doing the Prince’s Trust team programme. With hard work and motivation, you can turn your life around as I did.

Michael Egan

The Shires, St Helens

Energy Companies

Nationalise this market

I have looked at my fuel bills over the last three years and I am with the cheapest deal on those figures.

I do know now that I, along with thousands of others, were cheated by our previous suppliers and Ofgem are now dealing with the companies responsible.

The penalties imposed by Ofgem are that the companies have to repay the customers the overcharge.

That’s going to be applied by discounting the amount from the customer’s energy bills.

Unfortunately many like myself followed Government advice and, after being overcharged, left to try to find a better deal.

So no repayment for us and the companies concerned get away again with not meeting their responsibilities, with nothing to stop them doing it again.

Meanwhile, the people responsible for the wrongdoing, still remain with those companies and still in overpaid employment.

I can say I most certainly will not return to such people, no matter what deal is put on the table.

Another point of importance to me is that, my supplier belongs to the British people and the company pay the full amount of tax owing to the UK, unlike others.

So if it works out that I am paying too much, then I rest easy with the fact that the tax is coming back into my country.

But with the mess our energy industry has created, it should be totally, taken back into public ownership and with the chief executive officers elected by the public as with the police commissioners.

The government is going to have to do something positive and very quickly with major international companies pulling out of the UK, because the UK is now the most expensive country in the world for energy.

Makes you wonder about foreign countries charging us more for energy than they charge their own people doesn’t it? I know what I think.

Red Rose Lad

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