Informed decision

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I refer to Matthew Hobson’s Star letter in the Star on Friday, April 15. If anything, it characterises the generally emotive tone of the “out” campaign.

It is interesting and ironic that Mr Hobson should refer to Winston Churchill, because it was he who, in making a “speech to the academic youth” at the university of Zurich in 1946, made his own proposition for a more positive future in Europe.

“It is to re-create the European family, or as much of it as we can, and to provide it with a structure under which it can dwell in peace, in safety, and in freedom.

We must build a kind of United States of Europe.”

I am not, by any means, a supporter of David Cameron or the Tories.

But it was in his election manifesto last year that he would renegotiate the UK’s terms of membership, and then put it to a national referendum.

I think, therefore, it is right that he should explain to the British public what the result of those renegotiations was, and why, as the result of them, he believes we should stay in.

For the undecided voter, this is possibly the most important national decision they will be asked to take in their lifetimes. A decision to leave is probably irreversible.

If it turns out to be the wrong decision, there will be plenty of time during the years ahead to explain to our children and grandchildren why they and their country are worse off than they might otherwise have been, because of a rash decision taken in 2016.

NP Johnson


Good things overlooked

I think the people in Liverpool who are interfering in the workings of South Yorkshire Police by writing to the Home Secretary saying it needs big changes and for people to be prosecuted, are going a step too far.

If those from Liverpool who now seem to be wanting to get financial compensation, get it, then I hope it is paid out by The Home Office and not our local force.

The Home Office oversees the police services in this country, and on those grounds it has to accept some responsibility.

Taking money from our local force will impact on officers who were not members of the force nearly 30 years ago, and probably impact on the policing that the South Yorkshire public are entitled to expect.

When I think of SY Police, I think of WPC Lisa Bates who nearly died at the hands on an axeman a couple of weeks ago, and her four colleagues who were injured.

Anyone who complains about SY Police is quite welcome to join the force and put their lives on the line. The police are not perfect, they make mistakes like everyone else and I don’t agree with everything they do by any stretch of the imagination. I am not a police officer, and don’t know any police officers, but I think that overall the good things they do are getting overlooked.