Talk poverty plea to MP, Brexit threat to wildlife, costly rail fares, tale of a lonely penny

Reader found and wrote about a dropped penny
Reader found and wrote about a dropped penny

Readers’ letters, February 26

Start talking about poverty Mr Morris

I see that Morecambe made the national news on television on a Thursday evening, February 7.

Channel Four news featured a report about poverty in Morecambe. The reporter noted that the local MP David Morris was “unavailable for interview”.

The first time Mr Morris came to my attention was when he was boasting in your paper about barracking Jeremy Corbyn in the commons. ”He was rattled”, gloated Mr Morris.

The second time I saw him in the media was on the TV during the great Brexit debate and he was telling a joke about hairdressers changing a light bulb.

Recently in my post I have received a promotional flyer from Mr Morris extolling his virtues and showing his smiling face in various places.

It seems Mr Morris is keen to promote himself.

He can be available to the media to gloat about his barracking tactics and to reduce the Brexit debacle to a joke, but he cannot make himself available to argue his opinions about such an important topic as poverty in Morecambe.

Morecambe Micky, full name and address supplied

Brexit harm to wildlife

The threat of a no-deal Brexit is looming and this would be catastrophic for our environment.

The world is warming. Climate chaos is already impacting people and wildlife in the UK.

Our birds, animals and nature are in rapid decline.

And the UK would probably still be the ‘dirty man of Europe’, if it wasn’t for EU laws which improved our air quality, protected nature and prevented companies flushing raw sewage into our seas. A no-deal Brexit will leave the UK without the environmental rules we need, and nobody to enforce the ones we do have.

Without adequate environmental protections, Lancashire’s beaches could return to their previous sewage and pollution-filled state.

Not only that, but political desire to get the economy moving will likely lead to pressure to lower standards to secure quick trade deals.

Lancashire’s MPs must come together across party lines to urge the Prime Minister to take no deal off the table.

Dorothy Kelk, Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth

Rail fares are too costly

Robert Nisbet, of the Rail Delivery Group, popped up on our screens to reassure us all new cash will create a modern railway. No wonder there were protests at stations by many angry rail staff and commuters.

They, and millions of other people, know full well that Britain’s railway industry is an expensive shambles and most know why. Numerous opinion polls confirm that three quarters of the public hold privatisation responsible.

What else but chaos could have been expected on a rail network operated by, at the last count, 34 different companies?

We pay higher fares than in Europe to travel on crammed and unreliable services.

The only solution is to return to public ownership.

Royston Jones, email address supplied

Lost penny says so much

While walking my dog, I stepped over a lonely one pence piece on the pavement. It brought back memories of what you could buy for a penny when I was a schoolboy: a stick of liquorice or two sticks of Spanish. Three days later, the penny was still unclaimed, unwanted and unloved. I felt sorry for the poor penny so I took it home to remind me of the rapid passing of years.

It also made me wonder just how many people there are in the world, unwanted and unloved.

It may just be a penny but I’m sure it’s made me feel richer for reminding me just how lucky I am to be loved, wanted and claimed by my fabulous loving family.

Jimmy Chambers, address supplied