The United Kingdom has been a success

The United Kingdom has, for 300 years as a union, been very successful and influential on the world stage in both trade and commerce, to the benefit of its peoples.

Now, the politically-charged Alex Salmond and his SNP, for their own agenda, want to see its demise.

So, well done for David Cameron’s enthusiastic support for referendum which will decide Scotland’s future, either as an independent nation or remaining as a member of the UK.

His aim is rightly to seek an early vote on the issue before the SNP propaganda machine indoctrinates the majority of the voters who want to remain in the UK with misinformation as to why they should vote otherwise.

However, despite his newly-found enthusiasm for holding a vote on such important issues as Scotland, he, along with Labour and the Liberal Democrats, doesn’t believe allowing such a test for the rest of the UK.

The referendum that we should be having is on the UK’s membership of the European Union and our own independence.

Philip Griffiths

North West Chairman UK Independence Party

Sugar in foods adds to concerns

Like many people, I have started the new year with the usual “health resolution” of losing a few pounds in weight and walking the extra mile or two.

However, for an increasing number of the population, in the obesogenic environment of the western world, the issue of body weight is becoming far more serious.

It is a medical fact that an alarming number of people are experiencing what is known as metabolic syndrome (which includes type 2 diabetes) as a direct result of increased levels of fat tissue around their internal organs (i.e liver, pancreas).

This increase in type 2 diabetes is almost of epidemic proportions and, alarmingly, includes many cases reported in teenagers.

Many people with the disease are yet undiagnosed, not having presented, while even more that do present are diagnosed as borderline cases. A source of unwanted calories that can contribute to this unnecessary body mass increase are added sugars in processed food.

Professor Robert Lustig, in a recent interview for the New Scientist, raised serious concerns in respect of metabolic syndrome diseases and the fact that the processed food manufacturing industries use sugars to mask the negative aspects of food.

Simply advising people to reduce the quantity of processed food they consume, or read the labelling on a product, is not enough. We need a rigorous, analytical, scientific investigation, reporting to the Parliamentary Select Committee for Science and Technology.

This would examine the case for “added sugars” in processed foods and perhaps give recommendations for limitation or synthetic alternatives.

Alan Sheraton,

Fellow of the Royal

Society for Public Health

Jobs which seem the last to go

Brought in by New Labour in an attempt to ensure votes, many local authority non-jobs often start as temporary, but once the recipients have their feet under the table they either become permanent or switched to other roles within the authority.

What amazes me is that when cutbacks are made, these non-jobs always seem to escape the axe and it is those in the front line services who get the chop.

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