Your letters published in the Bury Free Press, February 1, 2019
REMEMBRANCE CENTENARY THANKS
We would like to thank to all who participated, in so many ways, to make Hinderclay’s First World WarCentenary Remembrance events such a success.
We remembered the 18 young men from our village who did not return, and gave thanks for all the ones that did.
Our displays in St Mary’s Church ran from November 5 to November 17 – and our thanks go to all who visited and left such complimentary comments in our visitors book and gave such generous donations.
Over 2,500 poppies were knitted – thank you to all who knitted, sewed, tied and hung our cascade.
Silent tribute of upturned guns – thank you to all for donating, painting, transporting and positioning along the path.
Flower arrangements and personaldisplays inside the church – thank you for sharing your memories.
Refreshments – thank you for baking, serving, washing up and organising rotas.
Memorabilia Display – thank you to all those who set up the displays, and those who researched.
Beacon of Fire – thank you to those who organised the fire, the safety, and served a welcome ‘glass’ of sloe gin.
Photographs – thank you for providing a lasting and beautiful record of Hinderclay’s events.
Visitors – thank you for taking the time to share our remembrance.
A total sum of £1,700 was raised and has been donated to The Royal British Legion.
A book of the photographs has very generously been donated to StMary’s Church, and copies will be available.Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Thank you all again.
Hinderclay PCC, Hinderclay Parish Council, Hinderclay Village Hall Committee,
SPEND SOME OF EXTRA CASH ON POLICING A134
Sunday mornings should, for me, be a period of relaxing after a hard week’s toil, spent consuming delicious eggs and bacon and leisurely reading the newspapers.
Unfortunately, this is rather spoilt because when I drive the 2½ miles on the A134 from Sicklesmere to the BP garage in Bury (it taking about five minutes to do so) to get the newspapers and wash the car, I encounter scumbag motorists who have decided that the 30 or 40 mph speed restrictions do not apply to them.I see them approaching in my rear view mirror, travelling at unbelievable speeds and when they’re a few feet away from my rear bumper, they either swerve round me to dangerously overtake or remain there, menacingly, for the rest of the journey.
Gone are the days when I might have felt impelled to put on my hazard warning lights, come to a halt, wrench open the erring driver’s door, shake him warmly by the windpipe and demand to know whether or not he liked hospital food.
No, now aged 75 those impetuous days are over.However, hope may be on the horizon.With a proposed £24 hike in Band ‘D’ council tax, the Police and Crime Commissioner proposes to recruit an extra 29 police officers.Whether or not these will be warranted officers, Specials, PCSOs or cardboard-cut-outs, I have no way of knowing, but if this latest wheeze comes to fruition, perhaps he could spare one to police the A134 on Sunday mornings, to clamp down on these homicidal drivers?
In the meantime, I won’t hold my breath – or, I promise you, reckless driver’s windpipes, either!
Dick Kirby (author of Scotland Yard’s Gangbuster)
REALITY CHECK ON VOTING FIGURES
It would appear from recent letters that there is a poor understanding of how democracy works in our country.Clearly, some do not like how we, the people, voted in the 2016 referendum and wish to overturn the majority decision.
Please remember that 17.4 million people voted to Leave the EU and the winning margin over Remain was 3.8 per cent.It was the biggest mandate in British political history and there should be no doubt about the validity of the vote.Significant constitutional changes have been accepted on the back of far weaker mandates.
In 2001 Tony Blair took us into the Lisbon Treaty with no referendum and after winning a general election with just 9.5 million votes and with a lead of 2.8 per cent over the Conservatives.
The Welsh devolution referendum in 1997 set up a Welsh Assembly with devolved powers on a turnout of 50.2 per cent and a winning margin of just 0.6 per cent.
The long debate before the EU referendum also meant that we knew what we were voting for.The referendum was fought over whether we should take back control of our laws, borders, money and trade.We were told it was our decision and that the outcome would be decisive.If in any doubt, during the campaign Vote Leave’s Michael Gove told us:“We should be outside the Single Market.” – May 9, 2016.
David Miliband told us:“The admission by the Leave campaign that quitting the EU means quitting the single market has let the cat out of the bag.” –May 9, 2016.
Nick Clegg told us:“To be fair the Brexit campaign have, I think, come clean and said we don’t like, we dislike it so much we actually want to tear up Margaret Thatcher’s Single European Act, we don’t want anything to do with the Single Market either.I think it’s at least consistent.” – May 25, 2016.
David Cameron told us:“I think one of the most important moments in this campaign was when the ‘Out’ campaign said they wanted to leave the single market...The British public would be voting, if we Leave, would be to leave the EU and leave the single market.” –June 12, 2016.
Rachel Reeves told us: “The Brexiteers like Gove and Johnson say they want to leave the Single Market and that means that we go on to WTO tariffs”– June 14, 2016.
And lastly, the Government’s leaflet, sent to every home during the referendum said: “It’s your opportunity to decide if the UK remains in the European Union... The EU referendum is a once in a generation decision.”
What’s not to understand?
Bury St Edmunds
TEA AND SYMPATHY
We were sorry to read about Bow’s experience of being charged £13.50 for teabags at our hospital (Letters, January 25).Any kind of tea (including fruit tea) is given to our inpatients for free. We know every patient is different and work hard to make a variety of food and drink available, so if a patient would like something specific they or their loved ones just need to speak to a member of staff who will do their best to help. Unfortunately there was a miscommunication that led to Bow being charged a normal visitor price for six cups of fruit tea. We’d welcome Bow getting in touch with us so we can offer a full refund. Bow – please drop our patient advice and liaison service a line on 01284 712555 or at PALS@wsh.nhs.uk so we can sort this for you, and we very much hope your friend is feeling better.
Tara Rose, head of communications
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
RESPONSIBILITY FOR PEACE IN IRELAND
I (like most people it seems) am no fan of Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement. However, at the very least it attempted to address the reality of leaving and the responsibilities of the UK. If the Government accepts an amendment to remove the backstop, it will be a new low in the ongoing Brexit saga. We are a signatory to the Good Friday Agreement. We have an international duty to uphold it – not to mention the moral duty we have towards those who bear the scars of conflict in Ireland, to those who have managed to build a difficult peace and to a neighbouring country with whom we share so much history.
In two and a half years Brexiters have provided no plausible alternative to the backstop. If they really though they could deliver one, they wouldn’t be so distraught about a backstop that wouldn’t take effect. It is just as much in our interest to have an insurance against their continued failure as it is anyone else’s.
We already know this is unacceptable to the EU and the Republic of Ireland. It should be unacceptable to us, too. If Theresa May accepts it she will be entering the same moral vacuum that her extreme Brexiters have for some time been occupying – prepared to sacrifice the Good Friday Agreement and the peace process just to achieve their personal vision of what Brexit should be. It’ll be a total abdication of responsibility to Ireland, to the UK, and to our own citizens.
Of course they probably know the EU will reject their demands anyway. This is just wasting precious time chasing another unicorn. Or maybe just provide them with yet another opportunity to blame their own incompetence on the EU. Which is kind of where we got Brexit from in the first place.
We have to now ask how we can possibly believe, as we are told, that this is what the majority of those in the country expected back in 2016. We have to ask whether we mightn’t instead like to just stay a member and make this whole nightmare just stop.
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