Readers' letters - August 31
Don't mess with our history
How many others, I wonder, were saddened to hear that the British left-wing, backed up by the Guardian newspaper, have demanded that Nelson’s Column in London be pulled down because Admiral Horatio Nelson was a so-called “white supremacist”.
Can the Corbynistas stoop much lower?
On Monday, October 21, 1805, my direct ancestor and the hundreds of other men who served on HMS Victory were risking their lives to liberate Europe from despotic French rule.
Without their considerable sacrifice, there would probably be no free Europe today.
Now the deranged haters want to focus on what Lord Nelson didn’t do correctly, instead of honouring him for what he did correctly i.e. ensure a dictator would never rule over these fair islands.
My worry is that as cultural appropriation continues to gather momentum, where will this leave our liberty and freedom in a few decades to come?
I can see us being ruled by a political elite, hell-bent on destroying every aspect of Western Democracy in their jackbooted march to Utopian glory, which, if Soviet Communism is anything to go by, is simply doublespeak for a glory of nihilism, a glory of poverty for all and a glory of a privileged, hierarchical, unelected “politburo” which arrogantly dictates every conceivable aspect of our daily lives.
To rid each country of their own history (and heroes) makes it easier for Marxist one-worldism through standardisation.
In the prophetic words of George Orwell: “Who controls the past controls the future, who controls the present controls the past”.
Be careful what you wish for
It is a mistake to confuse power with influence and, by the same token, to confuse sovereignty with power.
A main battle-cry of the Brexiteers was that the UK needed to “take back control”. This resonated with a large slice of the electorate who, in consequence, voted 52:48 to leave the European Union.
However, the Government’s own white paper on triggering Article 50 admitted: “The sovereignty of Parliament is a fundamental principle of our UK constitution...Parliament has remained sovereign throughout our membership of the EU.”
So, if we were to continue this crazy course to leave the EU, there would be no gain in repatriated sovereignty since we never handed it over in the first place.
Our leaving the EU would, however, diminish our status and influence within Europe.
As a member of the EU, the UK has been one of the “big hitters” and has achieved much in helping to formulate policy.
Until recently, governments and companies from outside Europe (for example, USA and Japan) have found it useful to approach the EU via the UK.
Additionally this has helped with foreign investment into the UK. Brexiteers should note the old warning – “Be careful what you wish for”.
Eat cake for cancer cause
Macmillan Cancer Support’s flagship fundraiser, World’s Biggest Coffee Morning, takes place on Friday, September 29, and every slice of cake eaten and cup of coffee poured in the North West has the power to help change lives for people living with cancer.
The charity is asking everyone to take part, either by hosting a coffee morning or by attending one. Last year, 11,719 coffee mornings were held across the North West region, raising £2,947,046 for the charity that provides essential support for people affected by cancer.
2017 is the 27th year of the event and, with the help of fundraisers in the North West, Macmillan hopes to beat the £29.5m raised last year across the UK. For more information, visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee
Regional Communications Officer North West