Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Must Take Our Chances of Work

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

We Must Take Our Chances of Work

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Iread with sadness of the potential job losses at Amec, because of empty order books.

The people of the North-East have a proud tradition of heavy industry. Because of global economic pressures and depletion of natural resources, these industries have died out, but thanks to the adaptability of people here, coupled with our ability to produce entrepreneurs, we have continued to prosper.

Contrast this with recent reports of "toxic ships". We are told these were to be broken up near Hartlepool as we had the skills to do this safely. But what happens? Do-gooders protest that hazardous materials are being brought across the Atlantic to poison us.

Now we have a choice. We can either let Third-World yards take the work from us and recycle these ships with potentially less stringent safety precautions being used, or we can accept that we have the skills and techniques to do this job properly and continue to prosper as a region.

We cannot survive by just selling burgers to one another.

We have lost so many industries through no fault of our own. Let's not throw away others by being over-protective when we have a chance to exploit needs.

It's good that environmental campaigners highlight possible problems, but we need to see the bigger picture, solve the problems and continue to build prosperity.

M J Turnbull,

`Tony Martin law' upholds freedom

THE petulant response of MP Stephen Pound when the "Tony Martin law" won the BBC Today programme poll, shows just how far our politicians may be from respecting the views of those they represent. Of the five proposals, the right of householders to use any means to defend themselves and their property was the only one upholding individual freedom.

Despite Mr Pound's blusterings, the law is not endorsing slaughter of 16-year-olds. Those who initiate aggression by forcing themselves on to other people's property in a threatening manner should accept the consequences.

Gillian Swanson,

Whitley Bay.

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OH, what a good start to the New Year!

The BBC's flagship programme Today balloted listeners on what new law they wanted to see. …

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