Brexit will only ben­e­fit the few

Kentish Gazette Canterbury & District - - Letters And Opinion -

I voted re­main and be­lieve the UK has been se­verely dam­aged for gen­er­a­tions to come by the de­ci­sion to leave the EU. The UK took over 2,000 years to be­come the great in­clu­sive and di­verse na­tion it is. The Tory party has de­stroyed all that in less than two years by their ac­tions. The UK will be­come a more in­su­lar and di­vided coun­try. In­equal­ity will in­crease and life chances will be re­duced for all but the rich­est.

“The will of the peo­ple” is a myth – 46.5 mil­lion peo­ple were el­i­gi­ble to vote, 17.4 mil­lion peo­ple voted leave, 16.1 mil­lion peo­ple voted re­main, 13 mil­lion peo­ple did not vote. The UK is leav­ing the EU on a leave vote of 37% of the elec­torate (a ma­jor­ity of 1.3 mil­lion vot­ers out of an elec­torate of 46.5 mil­lion). It’s hardly the over­whelm­ing will of the peo­ple, more the in­flu­ence of self­in­ter­ested disin­gen­u­ous politi­cians, busi­ness­peo­ple and sec­tions of the me­dia who prop­a­gate a rose-tinted view of the fu­ture shaped by in­vok­ing highly se­lec­tive past his­tory. These peo­ple will be­come greatly richer or in­creas­ingly more pow­er­ful be­cause of this de­ci­sion. The ma­jor­ity of the UK pop­u­la­tion will be­come poorer. Peter Gainey, Herne Bay Road, Whit­stable

For most of us, Christ­mas and New Year is a happy time to be en­joyed with fam­ily and friends. But each year my thoughts are with a group of peo­ple who dread the fes­tive pe­riod and all it en­tails – vic­tims of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence.

Be­cause na­tion­ally there’s a sea­sonal spike in in­ci­dents of such vi­o­lence re­ported to the po­lice ev­ery year.

Added fi­nan­cial pres­sure, an in­crease in al­co­hol con­sump­tion and the fact that peo­ple are cooped up in close quar­ters with their near­est and dear­est can be an in­flam­ma­tory com­bi­na­tion.

In­ci­dents of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence can range from ver­bal ar­gu­ments or plates be­ing thrown to long-term co­er­cive and con­trol­ling be­hav­iour or sex­ual abuse.

We take the is­sue of do­mes­tic abuse very se­ri­ously here in Can­ter­bury. Our of­fi­cers are fully trained in this crime type and work closely with other agen­cies to of­fer help and spe­cial­ist sup­port to both vic­tims and of­fend­ers.

So as we ap­proach a new year, I urge vic­tims not to suf­fer in si­lence. Re­port it and we will sup­port you. Even if you don’t want to in­volve the po­lice, there are sup­port agen­cies you can con­tact and even apps you can down­load to ac­cess help. The vi­tal thing is to break the cy­cle of be­hav­iour that is so dam­ag­ing for all con­cerned.

As we ap­proach the end of a busy but re­ward­ing year I have been think­ing about 2018 and what I am hop­ing to achieve, pro­fes­sion­ally and per­son­ally.

Pro­fes­sion­ally, my goals are to re­duce bur­glar­ies across the dis­trict by tar­get­ing known crim­i­nals and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to be more se­cu­rity con­scious. I look for­ward to em­bark­ing on some ex­cit­ing crime re­duc­tion and de­tec­tion ini­tia­tives in the New Year, specif­i­cally around bur­glary.

Our vi­brant city has a large stu­dent pop­u­la­tion and tack­ling crimes against them will be another of my key aims.

I also want to spend more time with my front­line of­fi­cers, get­ting out and about to see the ex­cel­lent work they do, day in and day out.

Per­son­ally, I have two New Year’s res­o­lu­tions: to ex­er­cise more and to spend more time with my fam­ily, who of­ten see me less than per­haps they should – yet sup­port me all the same.

Be­cause polic­ing isn’t just a job, it’s a vo­ca­tion. This Christ­mas and New Year, when most peo­ple are en­joy­ing qual­ity time with their own fam­i­lies, of­fi­cers and staff at Kent Po­lice have been work­ing around the clock to en­sure the Can­ter­bury dis­trict is a safe place to live, work and visit. My brother, sis­ter, their fam­i­lies and my par­ents all live in the dis­trict and I go home each night safe in the knowl­edge that they’re pro­tected and served by su­perb teams of of­fi­cers who work 24/7.

They are com­mit­ted to pro­tect­ing the pub­lic from harm and they put vic­tims at the heart of ev­ery­thing they do, and I am in­cred­i­bly proud of them.

I wish you all the very best for the New Year.

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