Letters, Thursday, June 25, 2015

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Securing a results

According to some tabloids,David Cameron emboldened by his new found majority, is engaged in securing his preferred result in the EU In/Out referendum.

 Like some beauty of easy virtue, he turned our heads away from UKIP, with the promise of a referendum in 2017 but as our moment of truth draws close, it unsurprisingly becomes clear that this beauty is totally devoid of virtue. We, of course, should have known better.

 While he conducts the charade of negotiating a better deal with Europe, he expects us to accept his view of what constitutes success or failure. Perish the thought of Mr Cameron consulting public opinion regarding what kind of EU they want.

 He has spectacularly failed to specify the objectives in these so-called negotiations. He will, of course, claim success and call for a Yes vote whatever happens, so objectives at this stage could result in embarrassment later.

 Even a prime minister should take a role subservient to the electorate during a referendum, his duty being to act as an impartial adjudicator, totally open and impartial.

 This Prime Minister is blatantly conducting the procedure to deliver a yes vote regardless of what kind of EU faces us in the future.

 Where do we find people with such monumental effrontery that they dare to blatantly rig such a pivotal point in history?

 It would be easier to understand Mr Cameron’s high-handed behaviour if it was born of past successes but his performance has been pink faced.

 Mr Cameron has demonstrated unexceptional statesmanship during the past five years, his tenure was indifferent being littered with u-turns and faux pass.

 He actually increased immigration after promising huge reductions and he would have made Syria his war if we had allowed him.

 Please do not allow him to rig the referendum.

Denis Gillon

Sunderland

Take care in holy month

With the holy month of Ramadan having begun on June 18, Muslim readers will now be fasting for about 17 hours each day.

 This can be challenging for anyone, but even more so for people with diabetes. People with diabetes are not required to fast during Ramadan, but those who choose to do so need to take care as fasting for this length of time will increase the risk of their blood glucose levels rising or falling and of them becoming dehydrated.

 If you have chosen to fast, remember it is important to eat foods that are slowly absorbed by the body – like basmati rice, chapattis and dhal – before sunrise and after sunset as they can help you to feel full for longer.

 If you have any questions regarding fasting during Ramadan, or diabetes generally, contact Diabetes UK’s on 0845 120 2960 or visit www.diabetes.org.uk/careline

Stephen Ryan,

Diabetes UK