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Letter: Real workers.

Byline: L Hannigan, Runcorn, Cheshire

IT IS impossible to successfully combat all forces of nature. Fire, wind and water, if delivered with sufficient fury, will always be able to overcome man's defences.

This is not to say that we should not make every reasonable effort to protect ourselves and, of course, some of those efforts are the responsibility of local and national government.

But, in the wake of the Katrina disaster, should we be considering the status of those who do the real work, against those whose contributions to society hardly matter at all?

For many years now, advanced Western societies have lauded advertising consultants, financiers, merchant bankers, counsellors, spin doctors, sportsmen and women, public relations officers, accountants, celebrity lawyers, chefs, pop stars and so on, while taking for granted doctors, nurses, sewer-workers, teachers, engineers and skilled craftsmen and women.

Inevitably, the best young brains have not been attracted to the professions, trades and crafts that are essential to our well-being.

As I said we can never guard ourselves against all eventualities, but it would be comforting to know that our ablest people were in the right places
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Sep 9, 2005
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