Gazette Letters 19.11.15

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Secure borders

Due to EU Regulations, people in Britain are living in a paradox of opposing twisted priorities with regard to the most recent breaches of security in France which could happen anywhere.

Two of the founding principles of the EU are Freedom of Movement of People within the EU and the Cementing of Nation State Countries Together by adoption of the Euro Currency, created by the EU.

Both of these policies have failed disastrously for all to see and we now have to live with the consequences.

The British Government quite possibly has the most refined system of farm animal traceability in the world, for instant identification of cattle and sheep.

This system exists to trace animal disease on a national scale and could easily be replicated by applying the same traceability principles, to control Britain’s border security, or alternatively use the Australian immigration vetting procedure which works well.

Brussels bureaucrats are already backtracking on securing the EU’s borders due to the fact they have created a monstrous situation which is outwith their control.

We now see evidence of EU nation state countries taking control of their own borders out of necessity, flouting Brussels freedom of movement policies, with who knows what repercussions from the faceless, unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

The EU is past it’s sell by date. The provision of secure borders for Britain can only be obtained by leaving the EU.

Philip A Anderson

Station Square

Inverness IV1 1LE

Church questions

As per your paper’s recent column describing a strong group who left the church earlier this year, who we are now told have got a new minister, perhaps someone could define, by what office do they claim the condition of now being a ‘church’?

And given that they left the previous ‘church’ as they disagreed with the overall church teaching, what assurance of meeting the conditions associated with Church do they now pursue?

Surely it is similar to refusing to pay dues into the common land administration, and then claiming single ownership of the territory.

H Mansfield

Tong, Stornoway

Decembeard

We’re all set to support Beating Bowel Cancer’s Decembeard campaign next month and hope some of your readers will join us in supporting this great cause and grow a beard for Christmas.

All you need to do is ditch your razor and get sponsored for NOT shaving. What could be easier!

Decembeard is a fun campaign in aid of a serious cause. It asks men to raise sponsorship by growing a beard throughout the month of December, in order to break down the stigma of talking about bowel cancer and raise funds for Beating Bowel Cancer.

This will help the charity to support bowel cancer patients and their families and to raise awareness of the disease, its symptoms and the need for early diagnosis.

Like tens of thousands of people across the country we have been affected by bowel cancer.

Both of us lost our fathers to this terrible disease.

Around 110 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every day, that’s someone every 15 minutes.

But the good news is that 90 per cent of these cases can be treated successfully if caught early.

The charity hopes to raise £500,000 through the campaign; which they can reach if 5,000 men raise just £100 each.

If you’re interested in being one of the 5,000, you can check out the campaign at www.decembeard.org or on twitter @decembeard_uk.

Matthew Wright and

Christopher Biggins

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