Industry’s loss harmed nation

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ALL civilisations have a slow development over centuries, an upsurge in the sciences and cultures and then a decline into obscurity.

The peak of the British Empire was the 19th Century Industrial Revolution and the demise started in 1945 with the collapse of that Empire when the then Prime Minister Clement Atlee said: “We must export or perish” which still holds good today.

I think Mrs Thatcher’s attempts to reverse this decline only accelerated our demise.

Her statement: “We must put our faith in the banks and service industries” intimated that we must abandon British creativity. We now make nothing.

Stand on the kerb and try and see a British vehicle!

We have so called celebrities devoid of brains but not of cash.

Football players who get more in a month than a pensioner in 30 years.

All the wealthy avoiding tax, vast numbers think the Welfare System does not have to be paid for and considering we have to import 50 per cent of our food in tandem with a constant deficit in the nation’s imports and exports and an explosion in the world’s population the future looks bleak.

G T Reeves

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Politicians to quiz fracking

It was perhaps unfortunate for Phil Nuttall, the UKIP MEP, to tell us all about the cheap gas we’ll get with fracking in the same week, a cross-party steering group of industry and academic experts, released a report which stated any boom in shale gas production would be “unlikely to give the UK cheap gas”. Even more unfortunately for Mr Nuttall the Energy and Climate Change Committee also released a report a few days later saying it is highly unlikely UK gas bills will be reduced.

Mr Nuttall also managed to misunderstand the statement made by Prof Davies of Durham University that the felt effect of seismicity at the surface might be no greater than someone falling of a ladder, and managed to confuse that with the risk from that same seismicity.

The risk from seismicity is potentially far more serious than its felt impact at the surface, as it could result (and indeed did at Preese Hall) in deformation of well casings. If this were to compromise the integrity of the well then the pollution impact from escaping fracking fluids and flowback water could be very serious indeed.

Mr Nuttall seems to have swallowed the industry’s PR hook line and sinker, which is unfortunate given last month saw Cuadrilla censured by the Advertising Standards Authority for claims they made about fracking in a “newsletter” posted to thousands of households in Fylde. The question of whether any hypothetical benefits of fracking could outweigh the considerable potential negative impacts on our region and our community is serious, complex and deserves a proper debate.

Our politicians need to ask questions on our behalf, not act as salesmen for the fracking industry.

John Hobson

Refracktion

Shame to let tool firm bite the dust

WHAT desperately sad news that Bulldog Tools is looking to cease using its forge after more than 200 years.

Wigan has so little manufacturing left as it is without something else biting the dust.

I appreciate that times are hard and that cheap labour in the third world makes it very difficult to make such production viable in Britain.

But having components made abroad and then simply having the parts joined together and distributed from Wigan is very disappointing.

The word “bulldog” is about as British as you can get, but a famous company will be adopting a distinctly continental slant to it.

R Roberts

Hindley