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letters to Daily Mirror, not published:

10/12/16
It seems obvious what Labour must do to wim the next general election.
Stop opposing brexit and start opposing the privatisation of the NHS.
Brexit is going ahead and whilst a soft brexit won’t win any more votes from Remainers, it will lose them votes from Brexiteers.
Jeremy Corbyn and all Labour MP’s must go on the offensive over the NHS.
Not just whinging about Hunt’s manic delight but promising to overturn all his actions and hit the privateer’s where it hurts.
Brexit can only win votes for Tories and UKIP
NHS can win votes from Tories and UKIP
 

9/12/16
I’ll agree with your reader on compulsory voting, if we can have a “none of rhe above” box on the ballot.
It’d be interesting to see how often it would collect the most votes.

9/12/16
Your Reader is wrong to say that we have a representative democracy.
If it were so, our MP’s would vote according to what they believe their electorate would wish them to vote.
We actually have a Parliamentary Democracy, in which MP’s only consider their own wishes and self interest.
Usually that means, in order of priority, the party whip (Leader’s views), a rich lobbyist, a political clique, or, when needing to be re-elected, what their party agent advises.

8/12/16
It’s sad, when a retired ship like HMS Illustrious ( Lusty ) is sent to the scrapyard but why is it invariably a foreign scrapyard?
In this case, a Turkish one.
Wouldn’t it make political sense to dismantle her in the same yards where she was assembled?
It’d create work for our domestic workforce, reduce the need for imported steel feedstock and enable ship designer’s to re-examine the viability of their original technique’s.

This was published as was a response but not my response Viz:

published
#|t’s sad when a retired ship like HMS Illustrious is sent to the scrapyard, but why is it invariably a foreign scrapyard (Mirror, Dec 8)?
Wouldn’t it make sense to dismantle her in the same yards where she was assembled, creating jobs for our domestic workforce?
John Shale, Wigan

published
SINKING FEELING
# John Shale of Wigan asks why HMS Illustrious was scrapped abroad (Madeuthink,
Decemberi 2).
In Hartlepool, Able UK scrapped ships and won a contract from the US to scrap 13 of its Navy ships. Four were brought to the yard. There followed a five-year legal battle brought by people who said it was dangerous to scrap ships in the UK.
The go-ahead was finally given but because of the case, the contract for the others was lost. I imagine no UK yard wants that sort of hassle.
Alan Short Redcar, North Yorks

Not published
Thanks to to Alan Short from Redcar for his letter on the response to my query about HMS Illustrious.
I was able to find details here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-24636597
 It’s a shame that a compromise couldn’t be reached.
I’m sure that a British scrapyard would have been a lot more conscientious in the waste handling than often happens, elsewhere.
This BBC report suggests that the waste from the four ships, which were dismantled, was dealt with in a proper manner.
It’s also worth noting that the USA mostly handles the dismantling of old naval vessels in its own facilities, such as the Philadelphia naval yard (http://www.navsource.org/archives/05/scrappers.htm)

3/12/16

Brian Reade has correctly identified the problem with paedophiles in football.
It’s not that there are no whistleblowers but that those in authority have always tried to cover it up.
It is not a crime to do so and maybe it should be, at least in this particular case.
So, let’s make it a criminal offence to not report such cases to the Police.
The Police may not have sufficient evidence to take action but they can, at least, make the accused formally aware that the matter is on file.
To make it effective, it should also be a crime for any member of the police force to not log the accusations.
That way repeat offenders can become known and the newly created Police Commissioners can justify closer surveillance of suspected paedophiles.

2/12/16
Wonderful!
Scientists in Bern say that we could have a decade of of icy Winter’s bringing starvation and death.
 Perhaps we should re-open the pits?

2/12/16
Politically there are two main issues, which concern the UK electorate.
They are Brexit and the NHS.
The Remain political elite are saying they’ll accept a “soft” Brexit but, as seen on BBC Question Time, Brexit voter’s do not want that.
This would seem to indicate another “shock” vote at the next General Election with only UKIP offering a true , or “hard”, Brexit.
Then, again UKIP is happy with the privatisation of the NHS, so, many  won’t vote UKIP.
But what if it’s true, as some say, that the EU rules mean that the privatisation of the NHS can not be reversed.
No-one seems to be offering a re-nationalisation of the NHS, even Corbyn has stayed eerily quiet on that point, whilst Tony Blair has teemed up with Branson, who looks to make millions out of the NHS.
On polling day, politicians and pundits will be hoping that voters will go for a “soft” Brexit.
It all depends on whether voters are as simple as politicians are hoping they are.
As I said, a “shock” vote could be on the cards, despite Blair and Branson’s millions and their “not for profit” trust.

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