At best, Government ignores green issues.David Miliband's proposed "green tax" is the latest example of this government's duplicity DUPLICITY, pleading. Duplicity of pleading consists in multiplicity of distinct matter to one and the same thing, whereunto several answers are required. Duplicity may occur in one and the same pleading. . His "green" proposals are simply tax collection, whilst true green issues are at best ignored and at worst covertly fought against at every level of this government.
Mr Miliband was recently invited to a meeting with residents, who have fought a massive landfill in the town of Houghton-le-Spring. He declined, safe in the knowledge that Labour are safe in the North, regardless of how they treat the electorate.
Two million tonnes of waste, household, industrial and hospital, are being dumped into two major drinking water drinking water
supply of water available to animals for drinking supplied via nipples, in troughs, dams, ponds and larger natural water sources; an insufficient supply leads to dehydration; it can be the source of infection, e.g. leptospirosis, salmonellosis, or of poisoning, e.g. aquifers, only metres from homes, shops and schools. The risks to health and drinking water supplies are obvious to anyone who cares to look at the scientific evidence.
The Environment Agency (Mr Miliband's department) is well aware of the dangers this landfill poses. In internal emails obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, the EA admits "they can ill afford close scrutiny of the agencies handling of this landfill".
Baroness Young There have been three female life peers with the surname "Young":
Of course, if the landfill were to be closed, Labour controlled Sunderland City Council has no alternative plans in place for the disposal of Sunderland's rubbish.
Last week in Sunderland Mr Miliband planted the two millionth tree for the Great North Forest. Less than a mile from the site of the ceremonial planting, his Labour colleagues at Sunderland City Council have granted permission to fell 7,000 trees from the same forest.
Action Mr Miliband, not empty words Noun 1. empty words - loud and confused and empty talk; "mere rhetoric"
empty talk, hot air, palaver, rhetoric
hokum, meaninglessness, nonsense, nonsensicality, bunk - a message that seems to convey no meaning !
COLIN WAKEFIELD, Chairman, Houghton Residents Against Toxic Site (RATS).
A disgraceful waste of taxpayers' money
OVER recent years Newcastle City Council must have spent hundreds of thousands of pounds closing roads, creating bus and "no car" lanes, painting fancy lane markings and pictures on roads with the sole intention of gradually deterring motorists from driving in and around the city centre, whilst at the same time attempting to be seen doing their piece for the environment.
All these alterations are a disgraceful waste of taxpayers' money and just an attempt to pay "lip service lip service
Verbal expression of agreement or allegiance, unsupported by real conviction or action; hypocritical respect: " to the environmental lobby ( if the council is genuinely serious about tackling traffic pollution why not simply close the city centre car parks as that would solve the "problem" immediately ( but hang on, that would mean they would lose millions of pounds of car parking income!
The only results of their actions I see are firstly an increase in pollution as both cars and buses now spend more time queuing, and also a loss of trade for retailers as people like me have had enough of trying to park in Newcastle and now use the MetroCentre where you park quickly, for free and shop in a more pleasant environment.
The council either wants cars in the city centre or it doesn't, but as usual to make this decision would risk upsetting somebody which is politically unacceptable today, unlike upsetting the motorist, so instead they will presumably pre·sum·a·ble
That can be presumed or taken for granted; reasonable as a supposition: presumable causes of the disaster. just continue to paint away ( city centre retailers, be worried!
K BRADLEY Cramlington
At last ( a sensible attitude to fireworks fireworks: see pyrotechnics.
Explosives or combustibles used for display. Of ancient Chinese origin, fireworks evidently developed out of military rockets and explosive missiles and accompanied the spread of military explosives westward to
AT last! I read a sensible attitude towards fireworks: "Ban them from all but organised displays."
Your article on Wednesday appears to offer only one reason for continuing the sale of pyrotechnics pyrotechnics (pī'rōtĕk`nĭks, pī'rə–), technology of making and using fireworks. Gunpowder was used in fireworks by the Chinese as early as the 9th cent. to the public, that of profit for the shops and manufacturers selling them. Balance that against the cost to the nation in terms of police, fire brigade and medical intervention. This vanishes into insignificance in·sig·nif·i·cance
The quality or state of being insignificant.
Noun 1. insignificance - the quality of having little or no significance
unimportance - the quality of not being important or worthy of note against the personal tragedies, which occur year after year, mainly to youngsters (and of course their families) who are burned, scarred, or are killed. Yet an outright ban is going too far? Why? Who wants to watch a half-baked backyard performance? Children are no longer impressed by a "fizz and a pop".
Some people clearly get a great deal of pleasure from fireworks ( unsettling un·set·tle
v. un·set·tled, un·set·tling, un·set·tles
1. To displace from a settled condition; disrupt.
2. To make uneasy; disturb.
v.intr. their elderly neighbours, causing weeks of irritation and frustration at schools and on the streets and best of all terrorising and maiming animals ( or is it even more fun to hurl debris and abuse at the fire brigade as they attempt to control a blaze on the few remaining open green areas.
"Just ban them" is simple and brilliant.
Well done Mr Craik.
J BELILIOS, Alnwick
I agree with Mike Craik ( ban sale of fireworks
IDO Ido (ē`dō), short name of Esperandido, an artificial language that is a simplified version of Esperanto. See international language. agree with police chief Mike Craik that we should have a complete ban on the sale of fireworks, except for official displays. We have to suffer the noise of fireworks about a month before and several weeks after November 5 and fireworks in the wrong hands can be dangerous.
May I also say congratulations to the force for doing so well as a performing force. Certainly Mike Craik is making a difference in tackling crime in Northumbria.
G POWELL, Morpeth
MP under fire over vote on inquiry call
MY Labour opponent in Newcastle Central in the 2005 General Election, Jim Cousins James Mackay Cousins, known as Jim Cousins, (born February 23, 1944, Shepherd's Bush, London) is a politician in the United Kingdom. He is member of Parliament for Newcastle-upon-Tyne Central, and is a member of the ruling Labour Party. , made much at the time of his opposition to the Iraq war
In the circumstances, I am therefore disappointed that Mr Cousins did not feel able to vote with Opposition MPs and 12 of his Labour colleagues to support an official inquiry into the Iraq war Iraq War: see under Persian Gulf Wars.
or Second Persian Gulf War
Brief conflict in 2003 between Iraq and a combined force of troops largely from the U.S. and Great Britain; and a subsequent U.S. along the lines of the Franks Inquiry into the Falklands War The Falklands War (Spanish: Guerra de las Malvinas/Guerra del Atlántico Sur), also called the Falklands Conflict/Crisis in yesterday's Commons debate. It is dispiriting that neither Mr Cousins nor any of his North-East Labour MP colleagues had the courage to vote in favour of a full investigation of this affair.
Most people in this country will surely consider that it is right and proper in a democratic society for the decision to go to war and the strategy for the aftermath for Iraq to be properly scrutinised, for lessons to be learned, and for the government to be held accountable for its actions if this is justified.
The Labour government clearly does not feel that this is necessary. They have avoided an inquiry by the complicity of their backbenchers, but I am certain that when history judges the Iraq war, the verdict on this government's handling of it will be damning.
Coun Greg Stone, Lib Dem LIB DEM Liberal Democrat(s) (UK political party) , Newcastle City Council & Lib Dem candidate, Newcastle Central, 2005 General Election
No reply to complaints over bus services
IWOULD like to respond to Mr Martin Harris' (commercial director of Go North East) letter in the Voice of the North (The Journal, October 24).
I attended a meeting with Mr Harris prior to the introduction of the recent new services in Springwell Village in which residents' concerns were put to him. Since the introduction of the new services I wrote to him more than two months ago, telling him of the problems residents were experiencing and have yet received no reply. I emailed customer services two weeks later with further complaints and was assured that they had been passed on to him personally and again two weeks after that and what a surprise ( no reply (other residents have contacted customer services as well and hardly any have had a response).
I am glad he has found time to respond to your articles but I am very disappointed that myself and other residents have not had the same courtesy.
He has told the residents' committee that he is to re-introduce an evening and Sunday express service to help alleviate some problems and that every household will receive a questionnaire to give their views, to enable him to review future services.
This questionnaire was promised faithfully by the end of September but has never arrived and then, because of problems, by the end of last week and you've guessed it no sign!
Mr Harris seems a decent man, with a difficult job, but the time he has spent defending his company to newspapers would be better spent ensuring that his customers' views are listened to, replied to and whenever possible acted upon.
Maybe then his company would regain some of the respect lost over recent months and stop the decline in passenger numbers.
CHRISTINE CAVANAGH Springwell Village, Gateshead
Public inquiry call
THERE has been one inquiry after another into the death of Princess Diana. Surely the British public deserve just one public inquiry into the mysterious death of David Kelly, the weapons expert.
Gordon Tomlinson, Seaham.
Nominations wanted for worst clamper
THE RAC Foundation is campaigning to change the law on wheel clamping on private land, so that motorists can no longer be preyed on by clamping firms who impose outrageous fines in the most dubious of circumstances.
To help make the case for change, we have opened nominations for our annual national search for the UK's worst clamper. The winner will become the recipient of the notorious "Dick Turpin" award for being the modern day equivalent of a highway robber. Previous winners have included a Yorkshire wheel clamper who was nominated for immobilising a car while the driver was asleep in the vehicle; and a London clamper who was found to be charging pounds 435 to return a car once it had been towed away.
Although it has been a criminal offence to clamp vehicles on private land in England and Wales England and Wales are both constituent countries of the United Kingdom, that together share a single legal system: English law. Legislatively, England and Wales are treated as a single unit (see State (law)) for the conflict of laws. without a Security Industry Authority licence since 2005, the law does not set a limit on the fees which clampers charge; nor is there any statutory regulation on the size or readability of signs, nor is there an independent tribunal to hear appeals. Motorists who are coerced into paying extortionate fines suffer great distress, and have no means of redress other than court action.
We believe that this must change. We are asking MPs to call on the Government to reconsider the need for statutory regulation and a proper appeals system, like the one for parking tickets issued by councils. To help us make the case for change, the RAC Foundation would like to invite readers of The Journal, Newcastle, to contact us with their clamping nightmare stories. Such case studies will be used to establish the worst clamper in the country. A potential award for "the clamper with a heart" will go to the clamper who has not lived up to their cowboy reputation and shown some compassion towards a member of the public.
We are not expecting many entries for the award for clamper with a heart. Please send your nominations to us at cowboyclampers@ racfoundation.co.uk where they will be judged and one individual will win the infamous title of UK's worst clamper.
Sheila Rainger, Campaigns Manager, RAC Foundation