A very happy and productive New Year to our wonderful correspondents whose letters always caught our readers’ interest during the past year! Here are the first letters of 2018, starting with an outlook which was sent in by our correspondent Peter Mchugh, Branch Secretary, Bromsgrove Branch:
“2018 Make or Break year?
2017 done and dusted, and time perhaps to peep through our fingers at the year ahead – – natural pessimism ranged against our not so easily mustered optimism, but hard reality is probably the safest platform to step off from.
Life will go on and it will be little changed in the British countryside in many ways from that of the last two hundred years in its towns and villages, because continuity is the key to survival there.
Country folk rise before the sun and have done since before the Norman Conquest, because their livestock’s needs are paramount, and the lambs need lambing and the cows need feeding and milking, and the frozen tractor, needs starting.
Winter daylight hours are short, and much needs to be done before the impatient sun is throwing long shadows across frosty fields, and the village lights start going on.
Contrast this with those myriad urban wage slaves, who rise somewhat later to face the threat of delayed or cancelled commuter trains which will probably deliver them late at the office.
On arrival, they will probably be informed that the office is relocating to a state that levies a lower corporation tax, and that their job is being transferred to a call centre in Outer Mongolia, requiring them to start looking for another, even lower paid job, just as their season ticket has become even more expensive.
Town or Country however, our lives will not be immune to the : whims, fancies, tantrums and general ineptitude of those who assemble in the Palace of Westminster as Her Majesty’s Government, where In the field of national governance, never have so many been so disappointed, so consistently, by so few!
Our democratic system exists only in name. Westminster routinely circumvents it, whilst our media concentrate on diverting the electorate’s attention, while they do.
Sadly, there is every indication that the mishandling of Brexit will continue through the coming year. and that our National Debt will continue to grow, due to a failure to impose a curtailment of money transfer from HM Treasury to Brussels, with unholy haste, after the Referendum decision – – a crucial game changing ploy, spurned.
Where is our next Churchill, will it be Jacob Rees-Mogg, his command of the true facts regarding our ill-starred association with the EU is impressive, while many Tory elders increasingly dread being exposed for their part in the Heath conspiracy.
The year ahead will define us for a century, but the nation is not in good shape or good hands, we must Trust in God – but keep our powder dry.“
Peter Mchugh, Branch Secretary, Bromsgrove Branch
Next is the first letter of 2018 by our outstanding correspondent Roger Arthur. We look forward to many more letters coming from his pen:
It is clear that the EU remains headed for Fiscal, Political and Military Union. It has already proposed that the UK should give up its nuclear deterrent and its seat on the UN Security Council, something which the British people have never voted for.
Now at least 23 EU Member states have joined a common Defence Unit prior to a binding agreement to be signed on 11th December. Some seem to expect the UK to join that arrangement, whilst having little say in how it might develop.
Our military obligations under Clause 4.3 of the Lisbon Treaty must expire with Brexit, leaving Parliament (not the EU) with full authority to decide on when we go to war. That must not be replaced surreptitiously by another agreement, which undermines Parliament.
But doesn’t the EU keep the peace in Europe some ask? Well, as seen in this House of Lords report, the EU with its expansionist ambitions poked the Russian Bear, increasing the probability of conflict.
Having seen the total incompetence of the EU, in dealing with the crises of Migration, the Eurozone and the Ukraine, who would be happy for un-elected officials to get control of our armed forces, along with the British and French Nuclear strike forces?
Respectfully, Roger Arthur
Finally, a letter from our correspondent Ann Farmer, writing about an issue which our Establishment does not want to talk about:
As pointed out in this DT article (Dec 30th, 2017), the attack on a Coptic Christian church in Egypt, killing one guard, injuring another, and killing six worshippers, is the latest in a litany of violence against Egyptian Christians, such that they feel the ‘authorities have often failed to protect them from sectarian attacks’.
Christians in Pakistan and India feel the same way – and with good reason. Add to that Nigeria – where a British missionary was recently killed -, Uganda, Sudan, Eritrea, Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran, Tajikistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China, and worst of all, North Korea.
Christians across the Middle East have been systematically driven out of their homes by ISIS, sometimes with the help of neighbours and – where they exist – acquiescent authorities. Despite this, the UN has spent money on rebuilding and resettling communities ‘cleansed’ of their Christian inhabitants. 900 Christian families were recently enabled to return to their Syrian homes because Hungary bypassed the UN to give a £1.7 million grant directly to the Church – for which they were castigated by countries that have done nothing. While the US has declared this religious cleansing ‘genocide’, the British Government continues to give money to ‘trusted partners’ like the UN, while the EU’s studied inaction has prompted national governments – the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary and Slovakia – to lead the way with practical help.
In her Christmas message Theresa May said we should ‘take pride in our Christian heritage’ and the freedom to practice faith, denied to ‘Christians in some parts of the Middle East’; she also referred to ‘the sickening persecution of the Rohingya Muslims’. But for the rest of the year she loses no opportunity to salute the religion of sexual diversity. Our Christian heritage has become an embarrassment, marginalised by our public broadcaster – when not singling out Christians as murderers and hypocrites in popular dramas. Anyone who publicly witnesses to the Bible is liable to be arrested, and anyone attempting to live out their Christianity in their professional life is liable to be dismissed.
The attack on the Cairo Copts was an early Christmas present for them, and around the world, Christians can expect much the same, if not worse, for 2018. Christians are being driven out of the cradle of Christianity, but as a nation the only gift we have given them is at best indifference and at worst, scorn.
Respectfully, Ann Farmer
Our best wishes for a Happy New Year – we look forward to receiving many letters from you all!