EU must be flexible to avoid no-deal Brexit
Two things are certain about Brexit at present – in 2016 the majority of people in the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union; and in 2017 the majority of Members of Parliament stood on manifestos to implement that referendum result.
What will change is that soon we will have a new Prime Minister. This person will likely have different red lines to the last one. There will probably not be enough time to arrange a referendum to get a confirmatory vote on the existing Withdrawal Agreement before October 31, 2019.
So, as the UK will have a new Prime Minister, the EU will have to accept that new leader will want to tweak the Withdrawal Agreement. In fact, if the EU wants the Withdrawal Agreement as a whole to get through the UK Parliament, which will have its sovereignty back if it is ratified, aspects such as the backstop will have to be removed.
If the EU is not willing to accept any changes from the new Prime Minister, then businesses like mine should continue to prepare for a no-deal Brexit at the end of October.
Jonathan Bishop LLM
Community councillor for Nantgarw
Knife crime caused by lack of respect for life
On Question Time from Tottenham, London (BBC, June 20) the seriousness of knife crime, especially in London, was forcibly highlighted by members of the audience.
Way back in my young days, I’m 78, to hear of a murder even in London was huge headlines, so what is wrong with our modern society? Is it all about social conditions, or lack of police on the street, or are we as a society paying for the breakdown of family life, particularly of a father and mother in the home?
Are we as a society, and particularly our media and politicians, disregarding respect for human life, namely the disregard for life in the mother’s womb? How on Earth, with 500 abortions daily in the UK, can we seriously address the scourge of knife crime? Surely if there is no respect for innocent unborn humans at life’s beginning, how can we expect it in later life?
Parliament’s tedious Brexit deliberations
We are now right in the middle of the Tory leadership race.
When the next Tory leader is finally elected in a few weeks’ time it will most probably be Boris Johnson.
He will have to put before Parliament the same Brexit proposals that have been rejected many times before.
There are reports in the media of secret deals with the Tory MPs. No wonder the leadership contenders are so cagey on this issue.
In all probability there will be a general election called when these Brexit proposals are rejected once again by Parliament.
This could turn out to be this country’s most short-lived prime minister. But of course we have to let the parliamentary procedure run its course. But it seems oh all so tedious.
Health boss should answer for failings
I see from the Western Mail (June 20) that Allison Williams, the chief executive of Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board, is taking an “extended sickness absence”.
This woman is on approximately £180k per year (more than the Prime Minister), and since her being in post (2011) there has been a catalogue of failings, including stillbirths and neonatal deaths which went unreported.
Why on Earth is this woman allowed to take extended sick leave and continue to be paid when in fact she should be sacked for her mis-management? People died on her “watch” and it went unreported.
How was this allowed to happen for so long and why was action not taken sooner?
I would like to add that if Allison Williams had been working for a private company, as opposed to the NHS, she would have been sacked as soon as it came to light that things were going so badly wrong.
Mrs DE Davies
Theresa May is the best of a bad bunch
Just suppose that another tumble-dryer catches fire next week in one of the 170 vulnerable tower blocks, and the flames spread to the aluminium cladding on the outside, two years after Grenfell Tower was consumed. Will Mrs May tell us of her sympathy for victims and determination to take action? Do Tory voters believe governments have any moral responsibilities?
Mrs May is a politician who condemns herself, by the contrast between the words of promise which come out of her mouth and the absence of any corrective action. Yet she is still the best of a corrupt lot.
Now you have now learnt what Mrs May actually is, proven, behind the words, would you trust Boris Johnson to improve matters, the snake-oil salesman for Brexit, with never a single word on economic facts about the UK’s future outside the EU?
This is what UK Tories want, our own special version of Trump, and the rest of us will pay the price. It is a special form of democracy, where the candidates want to be voted on Love Island, in imitation of the smiling image of their idol Nigel Farage.
Divorce procedings derailed by death
Reading online of the “Disturbing rise in elderly abuse reports” (Age UK) reminded me of an incident that occurred when I worked in a Citizens’ Advice Bureau for a few years in the late 1950s/early 1960s. I dealt with hundreds of inquiries and heard many strange stories. However, the following stuck in my mind.
One day, there was a tap on the office door and in walked an elderly lady.
She smiled at me and said: “I’m 82. Is this Citizens’ Vice Burroo?” I replied: “Take a seat.” She looked tired and walked with a slight stoop.
She told me her 83-year old husband had a short fuse and was not easy to live with because of his bad temper. They had no children, but she had not decided to leave him until now. “I won’t take it no more and I want a divorce,” she said in decided tones.
When I talked about marriage guidance, social services, etc, her eyes darkened and she told me she wanted no truck with any of them, as she had made up her mind that a divorce was all that she wanted. She did not want to disclose any details.
I pulled out Legal Aid forms and explained the procedures. She stuffed the papers into her large handbag, grasped my hand quickly, then got up and vanished around the office door.
Months later, a head popped around the door again. The same elderly lady, wearing a bright headscarf. This time, however, the stoop was gone and she positively skipped across the floor towards me.
“I’m free! I’m free!” she shouted in glee.
“Oh,” I said, astonished. “You got your divorce then?”
She looked at me and smiled: “Oh no, my dear, he’s dead!”
Useful holiday tips for people with diabetes
As summer is with us, many of your readers may be looking forward to holidays, whether in this country or abroad, and some of your readers with diabetes may be anxious, especially if it is the first time going on holiday since they were diagnosed with diabetes. Going on holiday for people with diabetes is not quite so straightforward and requires more planning, especially for those treated with insulin. The security at airports and on flights means that carrying injection devices, blood glucose testing kits and insulin on planes requires prior arrangements to be made.
The InDependent Diabetes Trust (IDDT), a charity for people with diabetes and their families, provides a holiday information pack with tips on looking after diabetes in hot weather, footcare while on holiday, and carrying tablets and insulin to other countries.
We are happy send this free holiday pack to your readers if they contact IDDT on 01604 622837, email [email protected] or write to IDDT, PO Box 294, Northampton NN1 4XS.
We do hope you will let your readers know how we can help.
EU should support new green capitalism
Contemporary capitalism is an outmoded, EU-entrenched ideology that for the large part forbids support of national industries by national governments.
The EU Commission and Parliament should recognise that because of global heating and the loss of wildlife, economic priorities are changing and it would be a good time for the EU to facilitate the introduction of national versions of the “Green New Deal”, which is widely supported by European political parties.
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