Choice of democracy or dictatorship

We face a choice between democracy and dictatorship at the next election, says Raymond Knight
We face a choice between democracy and dictatorship at the next election, says Raymond Knight

Ed Miliband last week stated changes he would make to the NHS but not until after 2020.

He has forgotten that he and Ed Balls were both members of the inner circle for the Blair and Brown administrations which have left the NHS in the poor state that it is today.

Before Blair took office there were district hospitals offering 24-hour A&E services and a range of other medical services,

Now you may have to travel up to 50 miles to attend an A&E department at a major hospital which is unable to cope with demand.

GPs arranged their own cover for “out of hours” calls and the number of NHS managers was very low.

Now we have five managers for every nurse in our hospitals with decisions being made on cost not medical need.

This country gave the world democracy but both Miliband and Clegg propose to deny the electorate the right to decide if the UK is to remain in the EU.

Clegg is totally committed to the EU having been a EU beau rat for many years and become brainwashed by its dictatorial policies.

Miliband and Clegg are committed to stopping a referendum on the EU because they know that over 90 per cent of the electorate of the UK state that the UK should leave.

David Cameron says a referendum will only take place after negotiations have taken place to change the EU.

The EU was created jointly by France and Germany to become a European federal state controlled by France and Germany, thus achieving what they have failed for hundreds of years to achieve by force.

The definition of democracy is Government of the people by the people with the will of the people. At election time you must decide – do you want a democracy or a dictatorship.

RAYMOND KNIGHT

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Farage has got his own set of rules

With apologies to JK Galbraith, on his well known quote, I have used Conservatism in place of Capitalism likewise I have used New Labour instead of communism. However, the message is still the same.

“Under Conservatism man exploits man, under New Labour it’s just the opposite.”

The sophists of all parties are all players, it’s a game of to and fro just like tennis in fact the electorate are the target ball and that takes the hammering, it is now the time for Hawkeye to decide who is in or over the line.

It strikes me that UKIP has been amplified beyond their worth resulting, from their successfull by-election in Clacton in which they returned the sitting incumbant, who was an apostate to the teachings of UKIP, their score board is showing advantage.

This ongoing game is being contended by opportunistic chancers, and charlatans.

They play in white for all to see, but their political reasoning is dark and ominous and by jumping the foundering ship they all sailed in proves they are the proverbial rats and when gathered together they make a noisome bouquet of self-servers.

Apart from the usual utterances of revulsion on the immigrant question and the fixations that promise to lead us out of the EU, I have yet to hear a substantial debate on the Nation’s deficit, or how they would deal with any future austerity programme in the years ahead, all of which has been foisted on the shoulders of the ordinary workers and their families to pay for the avaracious banks and city gents whose practice of malfeasance have left us and the future at risk.

Nigel Farage has many questions to answer, after he puts his pint down first, but being an ex-City boy he should have all the required first hand knowledge to allay all our apprehensions, while pointing an accusing finger at the banking institutions and the unregulated money markets in London who must carry the obloquy for our present financial plight.

The same Mr Farage appears to me as a one trick pony, who has graduated in Thatcheristic attitudes, and that by definition short changes the people who are already left wanting.

I can easily picture him as an old time dishonest inn keeper, wallowing and guffawing in his chosen profession and in the milieu he seems to enjoy, living of course by his own golden house rules.

They would be:

1 Never fill a pint

2 Recycle all waste and ullage into dark mild ales only

3 Never, never give a drunk man his proper change

4 Always take advantage of the unwary.

JOE O’DONNELL

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Let the minority have a debate

The most important ingredient in politics is not Government, but opposition.

Effective opposition holds Governments to account. The deficiencies of the two major parties are well known. They have shared governance for 80 years or more.

There is little benefit to the electorate having two potential Prime Ministers in a broadcast debate. Whichever party wins, it is always the Government that gets in.

Let the broadcasters promote a debate betrween those parties who seek to hold the balance of power, such as the Liberals, UKIP, Communists, Greens, Respect, Loonies et al. Exclude Labour and Conservative.

We, the electorate, could then decide who we want to moderate the extreme views of the governing party in a coalition.

The influence of the Tory coalition partners has had a moderating effect on the present Government.

JOHN SMOKER

Brigstock

70th birthday charity donations

Pat Tingle would like to sincerely thank all her friends who donated the sum of £265 towards Cancer Research UK to celebrate her recent 70th birthday.

PAT TINGLE

Kettering

Triple lock has secured increase

The basic state pension will rise by at least £2.85 a week in April next year thanks to the Liberal Democrats triple lock.

It means over 100,000 pensioners in Northamptonshire will benefit from an increase in their pension.

This rise will bring the level of the state pension to at least £115.95 per week and will benefit millions of pensioners across the UK. This is £18.30 more, each week, than in 2010 when the Liberal Democrats entered coalition.

This means pensioners on the full basic state pension will be £950 a year better off than they were under Labour.

The triple lock delivers a pension rise of whichever is the greater of average earnings, inflation or 2.5 per cent. The Liberal Democrats campaigned for the triple lock in opposition, have delivered it in Government and have pledged to write it into law in the next Parliament.

Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society, and that means treating pensioners with the respect that they deserve.

The triple lock ensures that pensioners are guaranteed the security of a steady rise in their pensions, allowing them to plan for their future and giving them dignity in their retirement.

We have ensured that pensioners are never again subjected to the indignity of the 75p rise they saw under Labour.

CHRIS STANBRA

Liberal Democrat councillor for Danesholme on Corby Counci

Eurostar sell-off bad for country

The Tories are looking at selling off the Eurostar channel tunnel railway.

A mere £20bn, which won’t make a dent in the national debt, but might well just open up the gateway for employed and unemployed foreign nationals, those with Ebola, terrorists and such like to flood into the UK.

When compared with other countries, Britain has a strict regime for making our borders secure compared to a lot of European countries.

Surely giving away our control leaves us at the mercy of the sometimes non-existing security of other countries.

On the other hand maybe France might tell the UK that security must take place at our side of the tunnel and not France? This tunnel should remain in Britain’s hands, the risk to our security is too great.

There is little this Government will not sink to; dumping our own security and at the same time once again leaving the back door open for immigrants to flood in.

TOM BINGHAM

Corby

We need more affordable homes

As a resident of Wellingborough, I’m concerned about the lack of serious local debate on the homes we need in our community when there’s clearly a big problem.

Many of us are finding it really hard to save enough money to get on the housing ladder, or are struggling with increasing rents while our salaries are staying the same.

I am part of the Yes to Homes campaign helping create a lifeline for the people who are renting, trying to get on the housing ladder, and stuck at home with only dreams of moving out.

We all need to be prepared to join in the local debate with our local councillors to tackle this problem, and think about how we can get the right homes in the right places at prices that are affordable for everybody .

But our community leaders can only deliver those homes if more local people speak up and tell them things must change. The community must join the Yes to Homes campaign, together we can make them listen.

Please sign the petition for more of the right homes, in the right place, at the right price at www.yestohomes.co.uk..

WILLIAM RATCLIFFE

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Some suggested improvements

Things that can be done to improve our town centres include maintaining seats for the elderly and new seats for the bus stops at Skinners Hill in Rushden, plus surveys for the shops people want.

JACK RICKARD

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