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Debate looked at issues raised by the census in Blackburn

POLITICIANS and community members debated how to support old, young, and vulnerable people of different cultures and creeds.

Concerns voiced about the state of Blackburn with Darwen’s education system, aging population, and cultural make-up, triggered a public debate to tackle the issues.

Chairing the event, Jack Straw MP and Harry Catherall, chief executive of the borough council, faced tough questions from the floor, at Census 2011 – What is the Future of Blackburn with Darwen?

On being probed as to how the pair believe free schools and academies affect cultural cohesion, Mr Catherall said: “The policy is incoherent. It seems like anyone can set up their own school now, which splits resources.”

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6:46pm Tue 26 Feb 13

40 years + says...

The article states that the Jack Straw and Harry Catterall" faced tough questions from the floor" but only one question is quoted. Will the LT provide a full article on the proceedings?
The article states that the Jack Straw and Harry Catterall" faced tough questions from the floor" but only one question is quoted. Will the LT provide a full article on the proceedings? 40 years +
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8:00pm Tue 26 Feb 13

woolywords says...

Why is it that this newspaper will willingly advertise certain events that are, in the main part, of no real consequence to the people of the borough, yet something as important as this event was, gained no advance notice of it's being held?
As an apolitical member of this community, fully paid up community charge payer and someone with a more than vested interest in what is being proposed, discussed and decided, by unelected persons, purporting to represent my opinion - without ever asking my opinion, I feel somewhat disenfranchised by these almost cabalistic focus/steering groups.

Why are these meetings not more widely advertised, before the event?
Why is it that this newspaper will willingly advertise certain events that are, in the main part, of no real consequence to the people of the borough, yet something as important as this event was, gained no advance notice of it's being held? As an apolitical member of this community, fully paid up community charge payer and someone with a more than vested interest in what is being proposed, discussed and decided, by unelected persons, purporting to represent my opinion - without ever asking my opinion, I feel somewhat disenfranchised by these almost cabalistic focus/steering groups. Why are these meetings not more widely advertised, before the event? woolywords
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9:31pm Tue 26 Feb 13

tajmahalovertheoldmarket says...

It's 'ageing', not 'aging'. This is not the USA. Or does Gannett Inc. insist you use an American English spellchecker, LET?
It's 'ageing', not 'aging'. This is not the USA. Or does Gannett Inc. insist you use an American English spellchecker, LET? tajmahalovertheoldmarket
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9:00pm Fri 1 Mar 13

tajmahalovertheoldmarket says...

dagsballicks wrote:
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It's 'ageing', not 'aging'. This is not the USA. Or does Gannett Inc. insist you use an American English spellchecker, LET?
Really! Grammar is your only concern?
Of course not, and you offend me with your comment. The LET's poor attention to detail indicates how low standards have become. For your information, woolywords's very well written observations fully reflect my opinion on this matter.
[quote][p][bold]dagsballicks[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tajmahalovertheoldma rket[/bold] wrote: It's 'ageing', not 'aging'. This is not the USA. Or does Gannett Inc. insist you use an American English spellchecker, LET?[/p][/quote]Really! Grammar is your only concern?[/p][/quote]Of course not, and you offend me with your comment. The LET's poor attention to detail indicates how low standards have become. For your information, woolywords's very well written observations fully reflect my opinion on this matter. tajmahalovertheoldmarket
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