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  • Article: Apr 2, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While not in any way suggesting that the current government is in any way responsible for climate change or Covid 19, though it does share its part in the former it is easy to see how diversionary tactics might favour a hard Brexit, something apparently favoured by it.

    It is challenging enough as your editorial and Margaret Brown's letter in last week's Chronicle show to keep up with developments in one of these fields.

  • Article: Feb 27, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    While I understand, sympathise and agree with Andrea Bloomfi eld's letter in last week's Chronicle about HS2, there is an alternative viewpoint.

    To function as an effective trading nation, following Brexit we need to act as a co-ordinated entity with all parts playing their part for the common good.

  • Article: Feb 20, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Concerning your editorial on school funding: I have no expertise and can only write what occurs to me.

    If school rolls increase and funding depends on the previous role, then challenges arise.

    One solution would be to have a contingency pot, held centrally that adds to the funds for such a school.

  • Article: Feb 6, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Regarding your article on assisted dying in last week's Chronicle, the main issue is one of autonomy.

    Maintaining control over what happens to them is often the paramount issue for people approaching the end of their life.

    Suicide is a legal action and it is right that people so incapacitated that they cannot end their own life, while being independently assessed to fulfi l the criteria for assisted dying, are helped to do so.

  • Article: Jan 30, 2020
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In discussing racism, it is important to realise that we all feel uncomfortable when faced with people who we don't know, understand or are different from.

    Think how long it takes some to assimilate into and be accepted by a different society, whether that is a village, country or ideology.

  • Article: Dec 19, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Your latest editorial on political leaders makes the case for electoral reform in the form of preferential voting.

    The electorate have a hard choice to make and I think often vote in the hope of influencing the future government in their preferred way.

    Our present system of voting does not make this easy with tactical voting the main way, apart from voting for your preferred candidate who might or might not have any chance of winning.

  • Article: Dec 12, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    To those of your readers who are still undecided about voting, I would say that it is not often we can see so clearly the motivations behind at least one of the main party's strategy in the hope that it might infl uence their vote.

    David Cameron decided to call a referendum in 2016 to thwart the ambitions of his rivals on the right, UKIP thinking that it would clear the air.

  • Article: Nov 28, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    With the general election rapidly approaching, it will soon be time for your readers to decide how they are going to vote.

    The Liberal Democrats offer a strong, distinct message on the main issue of this election, namely whether we remain in or leave the European Union.

    Whatever deal or none the other two parties manage to negotiate, it will not be as good as the one we already have inside the largest free trade association on the planet.

  • Article: Nov 14, 2019
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Now that we know that there will be a general election on 12th December, your readers will start thinking about who to give their vote.

    They only have one under our antiquated system, so it becomes even more important to choose wisely.

    The obvious - though not the only criteria - is which candidate best refl ects their views on the important issues.

  • Article: Nov 9, 2019

    Dear Sir,

    The real miracle is that despite our extravagance and indeed indulgence, we still have a chance of saving this planet for future generations if we act wisely (RS Norbury p33 last week's Chronicle).

    Though no expert, my reading of the science is that we can still ensure our survival if we act quickly and boldly enough.