Industry gives room for hope

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IN the toughest of economic times, today’s 36-page Survey of the state of play in South Yorkshire’s industry offers some grounds for hope.

Yes, firms have been through the most trying of circumstances. This is one of the bleakest recessions on record and it shows little signs of letting up.

It has led to gloomy predictions from so-called industry experts. Few banks are willing to invest and government help is sporadic at best.

What industry needs is more support, less red tape and more understanding from planners.

But given this and apprentice schemes which provide the right people with the right skills, we believe our Survey offers a ray of hope.

After all, our industries have survived while well-known high street giants fall by the wayside.

Our industries have continued to provide work while the public sector has suffered hundreds of job losses.

All of which makes us appreciate again how industry made this region great and continues to be its lifeblood.

Will victim think she has justice?

IT is difficult sometimes to know what is the appropriate sentence when someone is convicted of an offence.

Rarely are judges praised for getting the sentence right, with most people thinking long custodial sentences should reflect the severity of an offence.

Today is one of those occasions.

A motorist, Adil Riaz, has been jailed for four months for failing to stop after causing injury during an accident and driving without due care and attention.

On the face of it, a four-month jail sentence would appear to be fitting.

But the circumstances behind that offence are shocking. Riaz lost control of his car, ploughed into a bus stop, seriously injuring two people and ran away.

His victims are still traumatised from the incident, one of whom feared she would have to have a foot amputated.

Has justice been seen to be done? We think not.

An inspiring visit

WHEN one of our Women Of Steel returned to the factory floor for the first time since 1945, she might have expected things to change.

But Kathleen Roberts toured Special Steels in Beighton to find machinery she worked on during the war was still being used. She also observed how busy the factory was, a sure sign of success.

Kathleen knows her legacy is in safe hands, now let’s hope her visit inspires more people to back our campaign for a Women Of Steel statue.