Change attitude to public and gain our respect

Whatever happened to the public service ethic this country once was so proud of? Petty officials at all levels have assumed a mantle of power way above their station.

Instead of helping people with problems, their first instinct is to reach for the fixed penalty ticket. Why is it always "can't do that"?

Why not "let's see if we can do that" for a change?

They seem to have long forgotten whose money they are responsible for and who pays their wages.

If, for example, some of the money presently paid out to jobsworths who look into bins, had been invested in better social services, then we might see fewer tragic cases of babies being abused.

Remember whose money it is and get your priorities in better order, then the public might start respecting our public authorities once more.

Jeff McCann, via email

Swear by realistic tv programmes

In response to Charles Graham's

recent column about swearing on TV, may I remind the so-called moral

majority that we live in a democracy and a free society.

I personally can't stand the X Factor, I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here and Ant and Dec as I believe they are an affront to entertainment and talent but I would never ban them.

It's incredible that starving and brutalised children in the Congo, as well as much closer to home, seem not to matter as much in the minds of some people as a few choice words on TV.

For heaven's sake, this complaint is as worn out as an old Cliff Richard record. If you don't like what you hear or watch, press the off-button or change the channel.

I personally think Mock The Week and Have I Got News For You are brilliantly satirical and funny and love winding down by watching them, even with their sometimes industrial


Only particularly narrow minded people with very sheltered lives could be offended by the use of the F-Word in Taggart, relating to a woman abuser.

This is realism.

The F-word is in the Oxford English Dictionary, and is there to be used, not abused.

If you don't like it, fiddlesticks!

S Ormerod, address supplied

Simples ideas for an eco christmas

More than ever we need to think about having a green and compassionate Christmas this year.

There are so many tips to having a fun time without hurting the environment or the animals that live within it. Please take time to consider the few ideas below.

Only buy cosmetics and toiletries and household products that haven't been tested on animals.

Buy recycled wrapping paper and make sure you recycle your cards after Christmas.

Try some veggie recipes - they really are delicious. But if you have to eat meat please buy organic free-range.

Take a look at Natural Collection

catalogue full of 'green' products.

Consider adopting an animal from a

reputable sanctuary after Christmas.

Jenny Ward, North-West Animal Protection, via email

Making allowances for under-65s

In reply to the recent letter regarding Disabled Living Allowance, the age limit for the mobility component of this is 65. I suspect that the person was rejected for this component

simply because he or she was over 65.

Andrew Mackay, via email