Readers’ letters - July 14

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Remainers ‘worship’ the EU as if it is a religious cult

‘Modern’ remainers tell us that we must supplicate to the EU on pain of impoverishment and isolation.

Their language is religious – the EU is an angry god that must be propitiated.

Only by sacrifice will we even be admitted to the halls of politically correct humanity, still less prosperity.

An exaggeration?

Next time you read a remainer’s opinion, ask yourself: is he demanding that the UK must give up our independence to be granted the privilege of merely selling into the EU’s single market?

The inverse is for the EU to give up its sovereignty to us, in exchange for free access to the UK market.

But that would be anathema to remainers like Sir Vince Cable.

Actually, the UK’s sales to the EU only amount to about a tenth of UK GDP, yet to hear the wails of anguish from the remains, it is as though 90 per cent of our prosperity was in the EU’s gift.

Be careful, the remains say, we must not upset the EU god lest we be cast into economic oblivion in perpetuity.

We must bow to the EU, accept its admonishments, and give it gold. Lots of gold. The remain worship of the EU is a religious cult, without rationality or equality.

Nick Martinek

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Keep children safe in holidays

The school summer holiday is a time children look forward to all year – a time for them to relax, enjoy the outdoors and get stuck into their favourite hobbies.

It’s easy to see how routines can go out of the window once summer hits, which is why Asthma UK is launching a campaign urging parents to maintain their child’s usual preventer medicine routine over the school break. This will help to protect their child from an asthma attack both during the summer holiday and once they go back to school.

In September, children are nearly three times more likely to be admitted to hospital because of an asthma attack than in August, partly due to seasonal triggers such as cold and flu viruses.

If a child hasn’t kept up their preventer medicine routine over the school holidays, they will be at greater risk of reacting to these triggers.

The good news is that by taking a few simple steps over the summer holiday, parents can keep children as well as possible:

Keep up your child’s usual preventer medicine routine

Make sure your child has an up to date written asthma action plan and share this with any other carers. People with asthma are four times more likely to end up in hospital for their asthma if they don’t use one

Track your child’s asthma symptoms using a diary or a symptom calendar

Prepare for going back to school by arranging an asthma review to check your child’s medicines, and make sure your child has spare, in-date reliever inhalers to take into school.

Parents who have any concerns can speak to our team of expert nurses by calling 0300 222 5800 or visit www.asthma.org.uk/advice/safer-school-holidays.

Sonia Munde

Head of Helpline and Nurse Manager at Asthma UK

Why award a ‘one’ rating?

Re: Mice infestation at Wigan takeaway so bad it presented a risk to public.

Why do they award a ‘one’ hygiene rating when it was that bad? They shouldn’t be given the chance to make it right and remain open. Close it down and take away their trading licence. Should never be allowed to run another food establishment.

Louise Prescott

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