Letters, August 19: Wiltshire health plans, publicity seeking David Cameron and behaviour on the roads
Working together to deliver on health
This week the leader of Wiltshire Council, Jane Scott, publicly gave her commitment to the future of Trowbridge Birthing Centre. This is most welcome, especially as when, on the July 3, I informed Wiltshire Council that the centre was due to close, absolutely no one there knew anything about it.
Let us hope that they are better informed when the news breaks that Trowbridge Minor Injury Unit (MIU) is faced with closure. For it is strongly rumoured that the newly formed, GP-lead, Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group could be obliged to do this to meet the Government's imposed cut in its county-wide NHS budget.
This might be neatly avoided if Wiltshire Council and the commissioning group could imaginatively work together to provide the long-promised Trowbridge Primary Care Centre. Such a development should include, among other facilities, a state-of-the-art birthing centre plus an up-to-date MIU. It could actually be built as an integral part of the proposed Trowbridge Community Campus.
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Jane Scott's public commitment on this would be truly welcomed by the people of west Wiltshire and Trowbridge.
Independent Wiltshire Councillor
Time for you to stand aside Mr Cameron
Has anybody noticed that at every opportunity whenever something outstanding happens in the UK such as Andy Murray's famous win at tennis and the birth of the royal baby Prince George, up steps David Cameron getting in on the act putting his face out there in front of the cameras. He does not miss a trick in seeking the limelight out of what these people have won or achieved.
I am sure these winners or whatever they have excelled at would be just as happy with a phone call or letter. So come on Mr Cameron step back and stop this hogging the cameras. Congratulations are enough, they are the winners not you.
We don't need laws to tell us to behave
Forgive my naïveté, but why should it be an offence to hog the middle lane? If I am not holding anyone back, then it is often a preferred option. If I am about to overtake a caravanner and the wind is gusting from the near side, I will ideally wait until the road is clear enough for me to use the outside lane and put an empty lane between us. If I am driving at high speed on an otherwise deserted motorway, driving in the middle lane is a safer option as it gives me more room to manoeuvre in the event of a tyre blowout. If I am minded to cause maximum obstruction to following traffic then the nearside lane is the place to be. Surely, I don't need to explain how.
People do not need yet more legislation merely to tell them how to behave.
Anthony G Phillips
'Smart' drugs are a marketing triumph
Using the word "smart" when writing about amphetamine-based cognitive enhancers could not be further from the truth. There's nothing "smart" about taking "ADHD" drugs like Ritalin as a means of assisting studies.
The only thing remotely smart about the whole charade is the slick pharmaceutical marketing techniques, used in an attempt to convince students they might get better grades by taking drugs.
From the cradle to the grave, we are bombarded with information pushing us towards this type of chemical "fix" when in reality, it's just the latest initiative in an attempt to increase profits for the psychiatric and pharmaceutical industries.
Studies have found that children who take amphetamine-type or other prescribed, mind-altering drugs do not perform better academically.
Psychiatric drugs are habit-forming and addictive where withdrawal from them can be far more difficult than from illegal drugs.
Some of the side effects associated with stimulant drugs include aggression, blurred vision, depression, dizziness, drowsiness, hallucinations, headaches, nausea, restlessness, nervousness, stomach aches, anxiety, seizures, irritability, vomiting, psychosis or paranoia, stunted growth and suicidal thoughts.
The claims made for these drugs are nothing more than a profit-driven marketing technique.
Citizens Commission on Human Rights (United Kingdom)
Merkel's bid to shore up vote over EU
Nobody should be taken in by German Chancellor Angela Merkel's announcement that Germany could soon join Britain in trying to claw back powers from the EU.
This apparent volte-face by a woman who has been a driving force behind the ultimate creation of a federal European super state is merely a sign that, in the lead-up to Germany's general election next month, she is running scared of losing votes to the Alternative for Germany party, which is calling for Germany to quit the single currency.
She is, in fact, "doing a Cameron". It was only when he woke up to the fact that Ukip was a threat to the Tories that the PM declared that he would "re-negotiate" our relationship with the EU and promised to hold an in/out referendum – albeit in four year's time.
Neither he nor Merkel have changed their spots – they are, and always will be, just as fanatically pro-EU as ever. Their seemingly "Road to Damascus" conversions are merely an attempt to stem an haemorrhage of votes to anti-EU parties.
Same hostility as met Cornish language
Your correspondent Phil Ings' attitude to Saxish reminds me of a cartoon which appeared in Punch. It showed two yokels and a stranger. One yokel turns to the other and says, "Dost knaw en, Jarge?", "Na? well drow a half brick at him". Talk of Saxish, Ancwe, New-English and so forth is out of his comfort zone, so he feels the need to attack me for daring to write about them.
When neo-Cornish was first proposed some 100 years ago, it met with the same kind of hostility which today faces neo-Saxish from the likes of Mr Ings, but now there are hundreds who use Cornish.
Although the grammar of Saxish is more complex than that of the kind of English in use now, much of the vocabulary is familiar. Both the grammar and the vocabulary of Cornish are different from English, being closer to Breton and quite like Welsh, gaps in the vocabulary having been filled with words derived from these other Brythonic languages. If people can learn to speak Cornish, they can certainly learn to speak Saxish.
T R Spratt
We be Saxons – We beoth Zeahse