Mission to Mars has to be the final straw

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It really is out of this world that India, which receives £280m a year from the UK, is planning to launch a mission to Mars.

Why on earth are we still handing over vast sums to a country which does not even want our aid, when people here are denied cancer treatment on the grounds of cost?

It is a nonsense, and it is way beyond time that David Cameron pulled the plug on such charity. Everyone knows charity begins at home, and it is at home where people are in need.

As well as terminally ill patients being denied life-extending treatment, we only have to look at the NHS as a whole to see that it is seriously in need of more staff. But instead, hours and jobs are being cut, affecting both patients and staff.

This government is always able to cough up money for certain ventures, such as foreign aid, and meeting climate change targets, but their priorities are wrong.

Every day, another media story emerges of incompetence and wrong-headedness by our so-called leaders. They have lost their way, and if they don’t know that the electorate certainly does, and will let them know so at ballot boxes up and down the country.

Paul Nuttall, UKIP North West MEP

Rewards system helps run prison

Stupid people always want prison to be ‘tougher’ because they have no idea what life inside is really like.

The problem with ‘denying prisoners all meat’ or ‘taking their PlayStations off them’, or any of these other childish ideas, is that it makes prisoners harder to control.

The only way to maintain order is to recruit thousands more officers. Is that ever going to happen?

No, so the only way to ensure that at least SOME prisoners don’t re-offend is to make sure that those who behave themselves in jail are given small rewards.

Anyone who wants a justice system based on revenge, get yourself off to Saudi Arabia, you’d love it there, they stone adulterers to death and everything.

Craig, via email

Wind farms are cheap and work

We would like to express our support for the development of clean renewable energy in Lancashire and the UK.

To quote Ed Davey, Energy and Climate Change Secretary: “As an island we have an abundance of free wind energy, which we would be crazy not to harness. We have the opportunity to build a world leading wind energy industry…”

In his letter (letters August 17), Mr Nuttall MEP described wind farms as “useless”, yet the best onshore wind farms in the world already produce power as economically as coal, gas and nuclear generators.

They are widely and successfully used in Denmark, Germany, USA and many other countries. Onshore and offshore wind farms already power up to five million homes in the United Kingdom.

Manufacturing wind turbines means more high-tech employment for the UK.

Mr Nuttall criticises the cost of renewable energy, yet fails to mention the financial and environmental cost of nuclear power. Similarly, he makes no mention of the consequences to our local environment if shale gas drilling goes ahead.

We cannot keep dismissing the effects of climate change caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

We owe it to the next generation to do something right here and now, in our own county, to develop clean, safe and effective forms of renewable energy for the future.

Central Lancashire Friends of the Earth