NOW WE KNOW COST OF BREXIT
ANY argument, disagreement or confrontation requires at least two people to be involved.
We have heard John Askey’s side of the argument but until we have heard the chairman’s view of it all we cannot and should not come to any decision.
All supporters of the club will have noticed that from February onwards there was no article in the matchday programme from the manager.
So it would appear that the disagreement goes back to at least that time and we all know that it was at that time that the players (and I assume the manager) were not paid their salaries on time.
So please Mr Blower give us your side of the disagreement.
In the meantime we should applaud the directors for appointing the famous Sol Campbell and give him a chance to prove himself. Don Riseley, Gawsworth
NO HAPPINESS ON STREETS
MACCLESFIELD is the seventh happiest places to live in Britain according to a recent survey but not for everyone.
It’s December 1, the first day of advent, World AIDS Day and the Christmas lights switch on in Macclesfield town.
But when the fireworks have burnt out and the crowds have gone home, the streets are empty bar figures huddled in a shop doorway, cardboard boxes
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It’s not too cold tonight says Matthew, hugging a hot drink and sharing a packet of biscuits with room mate John.
Matthew, in his mid-twenties, is clean shaven, wearing a matching grey woolly hat and cardigan bulked out by layers.
He’s been sleeping here for six weeks after splitting up with his girlfriend.
He has no family and can’t afford a £2,000 deposit on a house with a wage of £7.50 an hour.
Matthew works, he doesn’t say where. He has clothes and plenty to eat, but nowhere to live.
John has been on the street for two years, amazingly he survived the Beast from the East last year. He’s a year younger than me but looks 10 years older.
He’s here because his landlord sold the house he was renting. He declines the offer of a chippy meal as there are no public toilets at night.
He has one meal a day, so he can use the toilets when the shops are open. He complains about others who haven’t thought about the toilet issue.
John complains about the money spent on tonight’s fireworks, when the most he has been offered is a room for one night in Crewe.
He’s from Hurdsfield and wants to live in Macclesfield.
Both men say people are generous in Macclesfield, they have enough to eat, they even have a kettle.
It’s the first day of advent, the Christmas lights switch on and six people including John and Matthew are sleeping in a shop doorway in the 7th happiest town in the UK. Sarah Bennett-Wake, Hurdsfield
GET RAILWAYS BACK ON TRACK
THE thousands of travellers who pass through Macclesfield railway station every day can be thankful it has dedicated and caring staff who work there.
Their quick thinking and action safely averted a potentially dangerous overcrowding situation at the station late on Saturday morning when Manchester bound trains were arriving with no room for additional passengers to board.
It was unfortunate this incident happened the day after the announcement of fare increases in January, meaning travellers will pay more for trains that are frequently late and overcrowded.
This certainly strengthens the case for the railways to be brought back into public ownership so proper investment can be made in them and private shareholders and foreign owners are not reaping the profits.
But no complaints can be levelled at the excellent staff who serve us at our local stations. The buck stops with Chris Grayling who continues to fail as the Tory Transport Minister. Brian Puddicombe, Macclesfield
ASTONISHED BY PEOPLE’S VOTE
I READ with some astonishment the letter in the Macclesfield Express regarding the hoped for second People’s Vote.
The question in the 2016 Referendum quite clearly asked if we wished to remain in the EU or leave it.
As a result more people voted to leave than stay, and living as we do in a democracy the powers that be agreed to bring about the majority’s wishes.
The fact that people under the age of 18 were precluded (except in Scotland where the qualifying age is 16-17) is enshrined in the relevant rules regarding voting in the UK.
Whilst the numbers voting leave/remain were indisputable, I would suggest that a majority one way or the other (whether massive or not) is nevertheless a majority and to quote your correspondent, who states that ‘we live in a representative democracy’, their wishes should be paramount.
Although I must confess to not having seen the statement by Parliament that a final say by the people was promised regarding the end result, but that may be because they believed it to be a forgone conclusion.
Which begs the question if a second referendum were to give the same result as the first, would democracy be then better served by holding a third, etc, etc.
David Ruttley was empowered by a majority of about nine thousand who voted remain.
I have no problem with him doing his best to bring that about - after all he is reflecting the Macclesfield electorate’s democratic wishes.
My problem is with the elected representatives who ‘plough their own furrow’ despite the wishes of their electorate and the way our ‘negotiators’ are conducting the proceedings on our behalf.
Finally, may I say that (irrespective of the way I voted) I was quite satisfied that I knew what I was voting for, and resent any implication to the contrary.
We are fortunate to live in a democracy, and should act accordingly.
There are still people in this country who believe we are more than capable of surviving a ‘cliff edge’ ie leaving with no agreement with the un-elected representatives in Europe.
We have done it before, and can do it again. Lewis W Cowen, Macclesfield WHAT has the EU ever done for us?
Let’s get the facts. There’s a map of investment at www. myeu.uk. Just click on the symbols to see local input from the EU.
Ask yourself, would our government have backed all these local needs?
In today’s increasingly dangerous world surely we are stronger together, aren’t we?
Personally I didn’t vote for this complicated chaos. We can put it all behind us by recognising we already have a European solution and moving ahead positively.
The government’s own calculations show we would be worse off with the deal and even worse off with no deal. We now know the cost of Brexit.
It is no surprise that there is now a majority in favour of a People’s Vote, so as we are a democracy, why not? Ian Gordon, Address supplied
Macclesfield train station. See our letter ‘Get railways back on track’