Letters, October 22: Gender abortion, Westbury cement quarry and devolved government in the South
Deeply disturbing views on abortion
I doubt that I am alone in my concern regarding recent comments from Keir Starmer, head of the Crown Prosecution Service, who recently ruled against bringing charges against two doctors engaged in abortion on grounds of gender, and who was quoted as saying that "there is nothing in abortion law preventing the termination of a pregnancy merely because a parent does not want a girl". Alarmingly this view was further supported by Ann Furedi, of BPAS, who reportedly said that "gender abortion was legal."
I do not oppose abortion and I realise that it can be justified; but this cannot extend to gender abortion, and certainly not in the UK. The implications are frightening and I hope that the West Country, including its courts, will make its feelings clear on this matter. Furthermore one wonders if this decision isn't partly driven for political reasons, rather then legal ones.
Moreover, in view of Keir Starmer's well-known impeccable politically correct credentials perhaps he could explain how his deeply disturbing views on gender abortion do not breach his previous role as a prominent human rights lawyer?
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Secondly, since Ann Furedi heads Britain's largest abortion provider, would she kindly explain how her views do not amount to sexism at its most shocking?
Harry W Barstow
A nicer way to point out you're fat
NICE – the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – has published d(r)aft guidance on tackling obesity and suggests a nicer way to say you're fat.
Hope Doc Martin reads it.
Firm must detail restoration plan
Every day for over 40 years chalk was mined from the Westbury Wiltshire quarry and piped in a slurry down to the cement manufacturing plant in the valley to make cement in their furnaces.
When the plant closed a large fence was placed around the 100 metre hole in the ground and Lafarge left a warden to guard what could prove to be a danger to the public. This was the arrangement that the authorities swallowed over three years ago that the company could reopen the plant for manufacture. Everyone who understood anything knew this was just a holding argument.
There is no chance that the plant will produce cement again here therefore Lafarge must place before the county council its restoration programme for how it will make safe this quarry so that once again it will be reopened for recreational use.
Our protection from devolved government
In her letter "Learn lessons from north of the border", Dee Drinan attacks Steve Wright of the English Democrats for no obvious reason. As an English nationalist, Mr Wright would probably agree with much of what she wrote, particularly about the UK Parliament at Westminster and childish behaviour by MPs in the House of Commons.
The English Democrats would abolish the UK Parliament at Westminster and revive the English Parliament, which hasn't met since 1707.
I doubt if the English Democrats would endorse the privatisation of England's assets by the Conservatives, anymore than Dee Drinan does. But they would not refer to them as the English Conservatives. They are UK Conservatives and Unionists. The last Conservative Prime Minister was Sir Alec Douglas-Home. Edward Heath was a European Federalist, Margaret Thatcher, and every Tory Prime Minister since, was not a Conservative, but a Radical.
It was Margaret Thatcher the Radical who sold North Sea oil to her friends on Wall Street along with other bits of the family silver. Her Radical successor John Major followed her example, and Cameron and co are desperate to sell what is left to the Chinese.
Some 40 years ago, the then prime minister Harold Wilson managed to stave off a Scottish nationalist surge by convincing the Scots that there was very little oil under the North Sea. If Scotland had become independent then, Scotland would be as rich as Norway.
Here in the South Country (South West, South East and East Anglia), we have our own oil fields in Dorset and Sussex which are being depleted without a peep, because, unlike the Scots, we don't have a devolved government to look after our interests.
That is a lesson that we could learn from north of the border.
All The South Party