Sympathy for head teachers

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Education crisis

Sympathy for school heads

Only last week we have heard of a crisis which is already effecting primary schools across the country and will from next year effect many secondary schools as the lack of school places for our children becomes more apparent, as some schools are already being forced into a shift rota system to try and deal with the problem.

One must sympathise with head teachers whose prime purpose is teaching the children in their care and not trying to solve the overcrowding problem which is the responsibility of central government.

Michael Gove, the education secretary, must be dreading the new year when this problem will become much worse as we face a massive influx of immigration from Bulgaria and Romania and his government refuse to put a figure on the amount of immigrants expected and seem to be living on a wing and a prayer that things will work out. Well I hope they have a good explanation to give to our teachers if the worst should happen, but I suspect they will be sat in the naughty chair, writing 100 lines.

Our prime minister will also be dreading January as our borders are fully opened to these countries whose poorest will seize the opportunity for a better life with both hands, as all of us would given their situation but does our government realise the strain it will put on our already underfunded services as all these people will be entitled under law to be housed and entitled to a full range of social security benefits and our health services. Make no mistake our continental neighbours will be quite happy for Britain to take the bulk of this wave of immigration, as it will become our problem and not theirs.

As I write this David Cameron is trying to cut a deal with Angela Merkel to limit the benefits they will be entitled to but he will find that the European law will thwart his to little to late efforts, he also knows that from January his government is totally unprepared to deal with the problems that may ensue,which is no excuse as he as had over two years to plan for this.

We also have to be wary of the extreme right parties who will take full advantage his predicament to aid their cause in the run up to the election, I very much doubt if he will be singing Auld Langs Aye.

Harry Bradbury

Clinkham Wood

Benefits Changes

St Helens will be hit by new system

The recent report on the effects of Government welfare cuts to our local economy from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research shows that deprived communities in St Helens will be among the worst hit.

In St Helens, the average working-age person will lose £632 a year.

These are just average figures. Many families will lose even more. But it is not just a blow to household finances. We will see the effect on our local economy too. It will depress demand on the high-street and whole communities will be badly affected.

The report shows that it is not only unemployed people that will be hit by the cuts to welfare. It will be working people too.

The North West has been hardest hit per head. The cuts will mean a £2.5bn hit to our regional economy – or on average £560 per working age person per year.

This is a huge blow to our economy and it comes on top of large public sector cuts. It is vital that now more than ever we safeguard new EU funds to help mitigate against the effects of these swingeing cuts and help bring growth to our region.

Kevin Doran

Editor, North West In Europe

Cycling Skill

A time when manners mattered

I remember when people mounted and dismounted their bikes with some considerable style and grace. Riding a bike was once second nature revealed by a fluid union between rider and machine (be they male of female) – but not so apparently today.

Ruling out road racers and cycle club members the average rider I’ve seen, both young and old, struggle to get on and off their bikes doing so in the most awkward way possible suggesting perhaps, a narrowing of the gait, stiffening of the legs or sheer lack of practice.

Joseph Dawson

St Helens

Road safety

Playing a dangerous game

The children of our road have been playing a game: which house has the most maggots in their bin after they’ve been emptied?

I understand that the council has financial problems, but in the hot and humid weather, and if only for health reasons, common sense surely demands that the bins should be emptied every week until the weather changes.

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Mr Cameron must listen

David Cameron’s defeat in parliament over the Syria situation was due to a mater of trust by the electorate of politicians in general and him and his Coalition Government in particular, with many MPs waking up to that fact.

He promised that on becoming Prime Minister that he would hold a referendum on our EU membership, only to renege on it, and now it will only happen if he is re-elected.

If indeed the Prime Minister and our MPs are beginning to at last listen to the voters then they should scrap the HS2 rail project which most people, including business groups are against.

Phillip Griffiths,

UKIP North West chairman