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Macclesfield Express - - YOUR VIEWS -

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

HOSPICE LOT­TERY

LOT­TERY re­sults for Fri­day, Novem­ber 30. £1,000 Win­ner NUM­BER 054619 Mac­cles­field £200 (£800 Rollover) NUM­BER 022555 was not won ROLLOVER rolls on up to £1,000 for draw on De­cem­ber 7 £100 Win­ner NUM­BER 025766 Mac­cles­field 20 x £10 Win­ners 020040 016324 062255 071440 018235 008069 029276 033858 761570 060551 011862 094683 033793 303379 060971 057024 066295 033573 028282 018060 dou­ble up as car­pet, bed­ding and wind­break­ers.

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’

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