A time for compromise

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AS we slide towards a huge walk out by public sector workers, the question on most people’s lips does not concern the rights and wrongs of the dispute but how this will affect ordinary people and how far reaching will be the disruption.

And there lies the rub for the strikers whose cause is strengthened by the amount of public support they can show is on their side but who face alienating themselves from the man in the street by their actions.

The Government should take no comfort from this. For they have as much sway over the outcome of this dispute as anyone.

If ever there was a time for compromise and common sense it is now. For everyone’s sake.

Message to thugs is only lukewarm

THERE is a soaring sense of injustice after four lawless thugs were given community orders after they were involved in a brawl which left a young man unconscious for an hour and needing dozens of stitches for his injuries.

The judge in the case stressed that community orders are ‘virtually a term of imprisonment’. But that is not the view of their victim’s family not, we suspect, that of our readers.

To be fair, the community orders are accompanied by supervision orders and orders to do unpaid community work.

However, such a sustained beating and the severity of the victim’s injuries should bring nothing but loss of liberty on the heads of those responsible.

Sentences of this nature feed the view that our criminal justice system is out of touch with the mood in our communities. They also send out a lukewarm message to any other thugs who may feel that to hand out a thorough beating to a stranger is a good way to end a night’s entertainment.

Parents take note

JUST 24 hours after we warned that the region’s adult population is living with a diabetes time bomb brought on by their obesity, we bring two conflicting views on a suggestion that Sheffield Children’s Hospital may treat children as young as 12 with gastric balloon operations to cure their overweight problems.

Not unexpectedly there are two clear views on whether the procedures should go ahead, both argued from the point of view of the children’s welfare.

But we suspect that both camps would agree that prevention is far better than cure and that parents ought to be taking a more responsible approach to their children’s lifestyles and ensure they adopt healthy diets and exercise regimes. We hope parents take note.

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