Fines should mirror football’s penalties

AFTER intervention from the Professional Footballers’ Association, Manchester City’s, Carlos Tevez, initially being fined four weeks wages for misconduct, has had it reduced to two weeks which is said to amount to £400,000.

It’s pretty much peanuts to someone on over £15m per annum salary plus endorsements.

Put to good use for the less well off however, it might pay a winter’s heating bills for some 1,500 hard-up pensioners, or Vehicle Excise Duty for 1,500 desperate motorists.

Imagine what the Government could do to help the poor if fines for misconduct on the public highways were calculated in the same way:

One week’s wage for not wearing a seat belt; two weeks’ wages for jumping red-lights (cyclists included); three weeks for speeding, and perhaps four weeks plus a ban for using a mobile phone while driving ...

Tobacco and alcohol have been taxed to the hilt supposedly to help reduce deaths from heart disease and cancer, and now there’s the hint of a fat tax to reduce obesity so it’s surely a logical step to levy a “tax” on dangerous driving to reduce death and serious injury.

It’s a simple and fair solution that your average high school student could come up with.

Allan Ramsay, via email

Triple whammy for hard-working folk

Directors average earnings rocket by more than 40% in one year, with a similar increase the year before.

Their outrageous pay and pension awards and the large dividends paid to their shareholders, bears no relation to the general poor performances of their companies or the often poor pay and conditions given to their workers

Surveys over several years rank UK bosses as poor performers.

But how they howl with anguish when it is suggested that they pay reasonable tax, or link their bonuses directly to the performance of their business.

Most have no idea what words like morals, justice and fair play mean.

Ordinary people, still reeling from the banking failures, are now suffering a triple whammy.

They are being ripped off by unjust energy bills, the high cost of living and either low wages or no wages. No wonder the chasm between the rich and the rest is widening at an alarming rate.

As the UK struggles to avoid a crippling recession it is those with the least who are carrying the heaviest burden.

However, until timid workforces and those who can’t be bothered to protest, or vote, learn to unite and stand up for what is right as many of their forefathers did, their situation will continue to deteriorate.

Peter Ward, via e-mail

Extended licence is not wanted

With regard to the article “Fury at Extended Licence” we were interested in the comment that the shop owner wants to work with the community.

Well, given the strength of community feeling against his proposal to sell alcohol through a hatch until 3am in the morning, we believe that the first thing he needs to do to promote community understanding is to revise his opening hours and close the shop at an earlier time perhaps, 11 pm?

Couns Nigel Ash, Ann Rampling and Joel Haddley.