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DON’T AL­LOW JI­HADIS HOME

level of se­cu­rity risk in the UK has been se­vere,which means an at­tack is highly likely.

In light of that you have got to ask why our Gov­ern­ment have al­lowed up to 800 ji­hadis to re­turn to the UK? In 2014 David Cameron promised to stop the ji­hadis from re­turn­ing but, as with so many of his prom­ises, it has proved to be just hot air.

If Brits go out to fight for the Is­lamic State they have thrown in their lot with the bar­baric death cult known as ISIS and cer­tainly should not be al­lowed to set foot in the UK again.

It puzzles me why we try to stop adult Brits from go­ing out to sup­port ISIS but we do noth­ing when they re­turn to the UK as trained ji­hadis.

I re­cently did a poll on my twit­ter ac­count www. twit­ter.com/cll­rb­sil­vester

A to­tal of 171 peo­ple voted and 97 wanted to stop the ji­hadis from re­turn­ing.

There is no doubt that there is over­whelm­ing pub­lic sup­port across all par­ties for this, so why is it not done? Over to you Mr Cameron. Your first duty is to keep us safe. Coun Brian Sil­vester Cheshire East AS a Labour coun­cil­lor in Cheshire East I have come to fear the words ra­tio­nal­i­sa­tion and trans­for­ma­tion, among oth­ers, but the lat­est – de-des­ig­na­tion – means only one thing and that is cuts to ser­vices.

Lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are be­ing stran­gled by this Con­ser­va­tive gov­ern­ment with huge cuts to bud­gets and while Cheshire East may not have suf­fered as much as ur­ban ar­eas, the re­duc­tion in grants serves to dec­i­mate ser­vices to both young and old.

The clo­sure of respite ser­vices in Cheshire East left many peo­ple with­out sup­port to care for their loved ones. We are now wit­ness­ing the clo­sure of chil­dren’s cen­tres across the bor­ough. Cuts to lo­cal vol­un­tary or­gan­i­sa­tions that pro­vide essen­tial ser­vices; in­deed in this time of ‘aus­ter­ity’, when peo­ple need ad­vice more than ever, it seems a most in­ap­pro­pri­ate time to re­duce fund­ing.

Over re­cent times, vol­un­tary and faith or­gan­i­sa­tions have be­come com­ple­men­tary to statu­tory ser­vices and no longer carry the stigma that was preva­lent be­fore the wel­fare state was es­tab­lished. Thank­fully today there is no shame in walk­ing into a lo­cal ad­vice cen­tre for in­for­ma­tion about ben­e­fits or to ac­cess train­ing. Sadly all is to change with the cuts to the very or­gan­i­sa­tions which have as­sisted not only with ad­vice on ben­e­fits but helped many peo­ple back into work.

While these per­ni­cious cuts are in­flicted by a gov­ern­ment which seems to care lit­tle for those less for­tu­nate, I note that the four MPs in Cheshire East not only re­ceive sub­stan­tial salaries for be­ing an MP and claim ad­di­tional ex­penses for travel and ac­com­mo­da­tion but also claim small amounts for news­pa­pers and sta­tionery.

I won­der whether we the tax­payer re­ally should be ex­pected to re­im­burse our MPs to post a let­ter or buy a news­pa­per when af­ter all we are sup­posed to ‘be all in it to­gether’. I don’t think so.

●● This im­age, Wan­der Over Sut­ton Moor, was posted to our Flickr page by Irene Lea. Add yours at flickr.com/groups/ mac­cpics or email them to mac­cles­field­ex­press@men­media.co.uk. We’ll print the best ones

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