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THERE are two claims made for the ben­e­fits of stay­ing in the EU which need se­ri­ous ques­tion­ing.

The first is that the EU has kept the peace, the se­cond that by re­main­ing in the EU we can bring about re­form.

The for­mer is a myth, the lat­ter is false hope.

The claim that the EU has brought peace to Europe does not bear scru­tiny, it stretches the imag­i­na­tion.

What we do know is that there has been a stran­gu­la­tion of the demo­cratic process with the EU’s ever over­bur­den­ing con­form­ity de­signed ul­ti­mately to pro­duce a United States of Europe.

And if peace has been kept within the EU ter­ri­to­ries it has been through Nato and not the EU.

The se­cond ar­gu­ment (which has been given wind by Pres­i­dent Obama dur­ing his well-timed visit) says, by stay­ing in the EU, Bri­tain can make re­forms (it also keeps a firmer pres­ence of US econ­omy and mil­i­tary in­ter­ests).

Stay­ing in of­fers a false hope and is a blind­ness to re­al­ity.

Ev­i­dence of such fal­sity may be drawn from how the 27 mem­bers states at their sum­mit meet­ing in Brus­sels 2015 re­sponded to the Prime Min­is­ter’s short list of pro­pos­als for Treaty change, only six out of the 27 mem­ber coun­tries showed they were ‘very likely to back UK de­mands’. The rest used the ‘lan­guage of diplo­macy’.

As one na­tional news­pa­per said of the fi­nal draft from the coun­cil, ‘from the land of choco­late came fudge’.

The truth is the EU is in­ca­pable of change - it is a prisoner of its past. John Kennedy Tytherig­ton Mac­cles­field

NHS NEEDS RE­SOURCES

AS some­one who has re­cently needed a brain scan in the early hours of the morn­ing I am as keen as any­one to see the NHS pro­vide a seven-day a week ser­vice.

Health needs are no re­specter of week­ends. How­ever, pro­vid­ing such a ser­vice re­quires the full com­mit­ment of all pro­fes­sional and sup­ple­men­tary ser­vices within the NHS.

The cur­rent Sec­re­tary of State for Health has a dif­fi­cult job but his real fight is with his Chan­cel­lor of the Ex­che­quer who needs to pro­vide ad­e­quate re­sources to pro­vide the 24/7 ser­vice promised by the Con­ser­va­tive Gov­ern­ments Man­i­festo.

At the mo­ment the NHS wishes to in­crease its ser­vices un­der a fixed cash bud­get deeply hob­bled by the ide­o­log­i­cally driven ‘Aus­ter­ity Pro­gramme’ that has al­ready crip­pled lo­cal gov­ern­ment ser­vices and driven the Sec­re­tary of State for Work and Pen­sions to re­sign his post over the dread­ful cuts to ser­vices for the dis­abled.

Jeremy Hunt needs to turn his fire­power on the Trea­sury and de­mand the re­sources nec­es­sary to pro­vide an NHS that can gen­uinely deal with the na­tion’s health re­quire­ments seven days per week rather than hound­ing doc­tors into ac­tions that are in se­ri­ous dan­ger of de­stroy­ing pub­lic trust in our Na­tional Health Ser­vice and those who serve pro­fes­sion­ally within it. Ken Ed­wards Bolling­ton

HELP HEALTH STAFF DE­LIVER

I HAVE spent a few weeks in hospi­tal over the past cou­ple of years and had my life saved twice.

All hospi­tal staff were won­der­ful, but work­ing enor­mously hard to hold the ser­vice to­gether.

Noth­ing ever made me doubt their com­mit­ment to mak­ing the NHS work for all, but I did see their strug­gle.

We all de­serve for them to be helped to de­liver the ser­vice they want and we all might re­quire some time. Jane Vigon Wind­mill Street Mac­cles­field

CYN­I­CAL RHETORIC

AS some­one whose life was saved by Ju­nior Doc­tors one Satur­day night and the Sun­day ex­actly one week later, so much for there not be­ing a seven-day NHS.

Cyn­i­cally it seems to me that the Gov­ern­ment’s rhetoric about a sev­en­day ser­vice seems to be about get­ting the NHS ready for more pri­vati­sa­tion, so that in-grow­ing toe nails can be treated on Satur­day morn­ings.

I hope the elec­torate re­alise how much the NHS has im­proved our lives.

Please do not let the gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate health providers turn this into a sit­u­a­tion where health can be fur­ther sub­ject to the profit mo­tive. Peter Sadler Moss Lane Bolling­ton THIS Thurs­day, May 5th you have the chance to vote for a Po­lice and Crime Com­mis­sioner for Cheshire.

Last time around these elec­tions didn’t ex­actly take the world by storm.

In Cheshire the turnout was just 14 per cent and there was one polling sta­tion in South Wales where no­body voted at all.

As read­ers of this news­pa­per you are bet­ter in­formed than most, but if you think you haven’t heard too much about it direct from po­lit­i­cal par­ties, there is a sim­ple and prac­ti­cal rea­son.

To cam­paign as ac­tively as vot­ers de­serve would cost more than a Gen­eral Elec­tion Cam­paign.

Reach­ing out to about 800,000 Cheshire vot­ers with­out the free postage for leaflets that is avail­able in a Gen­eral Elec­tion re­quires deeper pock­ets than ours.

The os­ten­si­ble rea­son is that, in times of aus­ter­ity, the tax­payer shouldn’t have to bear the postage costs. I would ar­gue that if we are to have ad­di­tional elec­tions, then those ex­pected to vote should have every chance to be fully in­formed.

In this elec­tion, as well as sup­port­ing your first choice can­di­date, you can also ex­er­cise a se­cond pref­er­ence vote, a fur­ther rea­son for need­ing to be fully in­formed.

What­ever your al­le­giance, I hope that you will turn out and vote and, if in doubt, check out the can­di­dates’ web­sites.

I con­grat­u­late Cheshire East on their de­ci­sion to go the Supreme Court to “… pre­serve the sig­nif­i­cance of Lo­cal Plans and Neigh­bour­hood Plans in de­ter­min­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for de­vel­op­ment…”

Pre­sum­ably this means they will not rush through King’s School ap­pli­ca­tion to de­velop the con­tro­ver­sial Fence Av­enue Green Belt site be­fore the Lo­cal Plan In­spec­tor has given his de­ci­sion. To do oth­er­wise would not only be hyp­o­crit­i­cal it would un­der­mine its very ex­pen­sive Supreme Court case.

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