I wonder if I might comment on Mrs Trevelyan’s column (Northumberland Gazette, July 20)?
I have never heard anyone express the view that the £1billion given to Northern Ireland would go straight to the DUP.
What we are all wondering is at a time of allegedly vital austerity how the Government can suddenly find so much spare money in order to keep itself in power, and why, therefore, similar sums cannot be given to Scotland, Wales and England?
Mrs Trevelyan mentions “investing in public services”. Has she seen the latest crime figures, widely felt to be a result of the massive cuts to the police service? And no doubt she is able to be seen by her GP.
Mrs Trevelyan mentions that “we have just posted record employment figures”, and cites this as evidence that leaving the EU is not harmful.
In case Mrs Trevelyan hasn’t noticed, we haven’t left the EU and will not do so for another two years. Is it not possible, therefore, that the “record employment figures” are as a result of the fact that we are still in the EU?
We are, in fact, determined to leave the biggest single, free market in the world. Mrs Trevelyan points out that “this is what the British people voted for”. This appears to mean that 48 per cent of the British population are not British at all. How insulting.
In fact, I am fairly sure that a four per cent difference in the voting result would not be considered significant by any reasonable statistician. And I can assure Mrs Trevelyan that as a committed ‘Remainer’ I am very British.
Perhaps Mrs Trevelyan is too young to remember why the EU was formed in the first place. My understanding is that it was meant to be a political and economic union designed to prevent the recurrence of wars between European nations.
We can now see the rise of the far right in Germany, France and in many Scandinavian countries, as well as in England, viz the rise of racially motivated and hate crimes here.
My very real fear is that as a result of the referendum this country could be at war within a few decades. I am sure people will have no trouble explaining that to their grandchildren when they receive their conscription papers.
I accept fully that the EU is desperately in need of reform. It has become too big, too bureaucratic and too clumsy, but that is a matter for the 27 remaining countries and is now none of our business.
Finally, when Sir Alan Beith was afforded the opportunity to be a columnist in the Gazette he used it to report on the activities in Parliament. He did not use it as a soap-box to promote his party political viewpoint.
As Mrs Trevelyan seems determined to perpetually trump her party’s alleged achievements I suggest that, in the interests of parity, all other local political parties should be afforded the same opportunities.
Martyn J Tuckwell,