Letters: My job depended on clean licence

Ray Hooper says people who drive for a living should be extra careful not to rack up points on their licence
Ray Hooper says people who drive for a living should be extra careful not to rack up points on their licence

What a ludicrous situation.

Every driver knows 12 points is max, but they choose to ignore it.

The situation described in your story is appalling.

For 30 years of my working life driving thousands of miles a year I was very careful not to commit driving offences, knowing my employment depended on my driving.

Now it seems so easy to get away with multiple points and carry on driving. Why?



You may see the kingfishers now

I have just taken a stroll along Northfield Avenue and at long last the Environment Agency has cut back the undergrowth that has been growing on the banks of the Slade Brook so one can see the brook.

And if you are lucky, the pair of kingfishers that nest in the banks there.

Sadly, there is no longer the mandatory discarded supermarket trolley to be seen, but masses of discarded cans of lager.



Ruining, but not running, country

Isn’t it a shame Mr Guy Fawkes didn’t succeed.

Then we wouldn’t have to put up with this posh lot that pretend they are in power.

This incompetent lot aren’t running our country, they are ruining it!

This lot only have the knowledge that is the size of a postage stamp.

They haven’t a clue about real people.

We need a butcher, a baker and a candlestick maker in government.

Jokes aside, we need a soldier, a teacher, a doctor, a nurse, relatives of people living with a disability or illness, consultants, victims of criminal conduct etc to rule our country.

Ones who walk the walk.

Talk the talk.

They are the ones who qualify to govern our country



Prevention is better than cure

Local authorities have a remit to prevent both physical and mental health problems in the communities they serve, using their public health budgets.

Millions of pounds are spent every year to prevent people developing physical health problems like obesity, heart disease or cancer.

But research by the charity Mind found that local authorities spend far too little on preventing mental health problems and are confused about what they should do to help prevent people becoming mentally unwell.

In the East Midlands only 0.8 per cent of this budget is spent on mental health. With about one in four of us experiencing a mental health problem this year, this figure is unacceptably low.

Demand for local NHS mental health services is rising and rising and we have all seen reports that our NHS is struggling to cope.

Prevention is the key to making sure we reduce the impact on the health service in future.

We need the next government to introduce a national strategy to ensure local authorities know what to do, and use their budgets to prevent mental health problems developing and reduce the number of people becoming unwell.

More services are required for people to utilise, such as public walking groups, yoga or social groups.

The list is as endless as your imagination.

If the public were more aware of the lack of groups available, and what the positive outcomes would be for preventing mental illness, then maybe more people would start these groups.

I am a mental health student nurse who lives in the area and I feel very passionately about this matter.

I have seen every day the struggles that patients have in getting the help that they need, and you must remember the saying that prevention is better than a cure.



Why spend our money overseas?

Five men charged with a terror plot to shoot and kill police officers or soldiers on the streets of London.

Ebola epidemic started in Africa. Our medical staff and soldiers sent to help. Our money spent. We struggle to help, and our money is spent. We struggle to put food on our table, keep our elderly warm and safe, with cuts and on a low wage. We aren’t a cash machine for overseas. We earn the money for our sick, disabled and elderly! Why can’t other countries look after their own people? Human rights? Where are our people’s human rights?



No DIY, but he is best man for job

I had a good chuckle over Helen Bach’s column, about Nigel Farage being the man most trusted to fix a shelf (provided you held his pint and his cigarette while he did it).

But so far as I know he’s not offering to fix shelves for the public.

Let’s try some different questions. Who is the party leader you would trust to put British interest before Brussels interests?

To control immigration? To deliver secure and affordable energy? To free British industry from the grinding costs of EU regulation?

To talk common sense, not ‘focus group can’t’.

To tell it like it is? To say what he really believes?

And which party leader would you most like to have a beer with at the end of the day?

I have the privilege of working with Nigel on a day-to-day basis, and my view is, he is the best man on all of those questions. Oh, and by the way, he would make a great Prime Minister.



Do you remember repair company?

I am trying to obtain any photos of past employees or events and stories of the company A E Smith & Son Ltd, a coach building and accident repair company based in Kettering. I worked there for 35 years.

The reason is to place a photo of as many people and stories that made the company what it was into an album for a record.

Though I know many of the people who worked there in the 1960s are no longer alive I just wondered if the relatives of those people would also be willing to contact me.

My contact details are 07801 834534.

Secondly I have been asked by Dave Coleman and Alan Peters who were work colleagues of mine for many years.

Would any past or present employees contact them as they are at the moment considering organising a reunion and require numbers to make sure a suitable venue can be arranged. The telephone numbers are Dave Coleman, 01536 481754, or Alan Peters, 01536 391096, or they can contact me. I was interviewed by the Northants Telegraph a few years ago about my and my sister’s olive oil business E V Olives in Australia.

Well, we have just been awarded the gold again this year!


By email

I wish Helen all the very best

Corby will miss the dedication of Northants Telegraph reporter Helen O’Neill after many years of covering events and stories in her warm style.

Helen is a great journalist and is always a pleasure to speak to and her genuine interest in what was being said always reflected in her reporting. I wish her all the best.



Action on zero hours contracts

As a local resident I would like Northants Telegraph readers to be aware that if they are stuck with a zero hours contract that with enough pressure and consultation they can too get what they really deserve – “a real job”.

38 Degrees has played a large part in making people aware and taking action on this bad employment system.

For more information try putting “38 degrees” in your search engine!