HAVING just returned from Ireland, I found I had to compare English towns and cities with the Irish cities I visited.
The first thing that hits you is the absence of litter, cans and bottles, there is no horrible graffiti, apart from the sectarian ones which don’t have tags or swear words.
All grass verges in and around the towns and cities are neatly cut and this includes all the houses and gardens.
You don’t see weeds growing out and alongside of footpaths, everywhere is neatly trimmed.
In Phoenix Park, the biggest in Europe, every piece of grass was again neatly cut.
Among the places we visited were Monaghan, Newcastle, Downpatrick, Warrenpoint and the village of Glaslough.
We also visited the city of my grandparents, Dublin.
Oh what a fantastic city, music is everywhere, the hustle and bustle of the place, the beautiful women everywhere. I should know as I married an Irish girl. I do not wish to put down Wigan but it is a disgrace. Litter is dropped in town without a litter warden anywhere to be seen.
It’s unbelievable that some towns and cities don’t have any public toilets and what were free toilets in the past now costs 20p or more.
If only councils cut down on the consultants they employ doing feasibility studies and going on jaunts across the globe.
Noisy bikes a real menace
Living in the countryside I have noticed several signs being erected advising us to Think Bike.
I assume this is directed at motorists to consider the gathering of leather-clad bikers who head up to Kirkby Lonsdale on Sunday mornings, having left in their wake either potential danger to other road users or disruption to the peace and quiet of householders along their path.
The speed and noise of some of these vehicles would suggest the riders are either totally oblivious or indifferent to the impact they may have on long suffering residents and other road users.
The police seem unable or unwilling to control this situation and I find it incredible in this day and age, where a conker fight is frowned upon as a risk to health and safety, that these machines are allowed to continue to career along our roads unchecked.
I appreciate there may be a minority who give these bikers a bad name but can only suggest they police their own group and actively discourage high speeds and/or noise.
Think Bike – I know what I think.
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I can easily live with ads
Last week the senior BBC executives were publicly grilled by The Commons public accounts committee (CAPC)over the amounts of licence fee payers money used for payouts to their senior executives.
The committee led by the haughty Margaret Hodge highlighted the committee’s and the public outrage at the obscene amounts of money that the BBC executives pay themselves (after all it’s only other people’s money).
It is bad enough that the BBC with its stomach-churning left wing and pro-EU bias has been for years getting away with these payouts. Nice work if you can get it !
It was gratifying to watch the BBC’s top brass publicly humiliated, with egg on their faces, wriggle and squirm in discomfort as they tried to explain away these generous payouts to themselves.
However, for all of Margaret Hodge’s bluster, the (CPAC) is nothing more than quango without teeth or any power to effect real change at the BBC to put an end to this gross misuse of public money. The CAPC cannot stop the payouts, nor can it compel the BBC to take the money back from the recipients, in fact it cannot do anything about it.
The only way that this can happen is if the government steps in and intervenes. Surely in the 21st century it is now time that the BBC became privately funded, rather than publicly?
Okay so it would mean having to put up with adverts, it would be a small price to pay and I for one could easily live with that.
Peter St, Wigan