'There’s worse food to eat than meat'

Should there be a tax on meat?
Should there be a tax on meat?
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Letters: I see that the control freaks are at it again, this time wanting to put a tax on meat.

These unbelievable people are claiming that such an imposition could prevent 222,000 deaths a year and save over £30bn in care

costs.

How can they possibly produce such figures on the basis of their research when there is an infinite variety of people and a wide spectrum of diets and reactions to diet?

The World Health Organisation targets processed meats and then says even unprocessed meats are “probably” cancer-causing – not a very precise statement to support these apparently precise figures.

Reading the labels of many processed foods other than meat reveals a bewildering array of apparent chemical ingredients which must be more suspect in health terms than a piece of fresh natural meat properly cooked.

This is where the WHO should turn its fire.

Peter Horton

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EU protected the peace

We recently came together as a nation to commemorate, let us also use this moment to ponder our future as we look back with pride and sadness on those who made the ultimate sacrifice 100 years ago.

The sacrifices made in two horrendous wars in the 20th century should never be forgotten.

Equally it should not be forgotten that the war that was meant “to end all wars” failed to do that.

The League of Nations, set up after the Great War, did not have the support of the main protagonists, France and Germany, and in less than half the life of a generation, war was back.

It is now over 70 years since the end of the Second World War, which is the longest period, since the time of Christ, that any of the 28 countries that make up the European Union have not been at war with each other.

As more and more voices are being raised in favour of a People’s Vote on the final Brexit deal, we may want to take the time to reflect that peace doesn’t just happen by itself.

In 2012, the Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the European Union, in the words of the Nobel committee “for the successful struggle for peace and reconciliation and for democracy and human rights.

“The stabilising part played by the EU has helped to transform ... a continent of war to a continent of peace”.

Indeed, the former Secretary for Exiting the European Union, David Davies, also accepts the UK’s vulnerability and sought a security partnership with the EU, “that allows us to tackle the full range of threats that we face.

“Pan-European cooperation has kept people safe.

“It has kept people alive and it has protected the peace.”

Anthony Raisbeck

Fulwood

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White feathers for remainers

All those EU remainers that had the gall to attend the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday are big hypocrites because they are betraying the soldiers who fought and died for Great Britain in both World Wars by believing in sacrificing our freedom on the altar of the EU.

All known EU remainers should therefore be issued white feathers like those who were resistant to join up in the First World War.

Being afraid of Brexit is even worse cowardice than being afraid to fight for one’s country.

Remainers don’t realise that they are allowing us to be conquered by stealth.

R N Coupe

Lostock Hall

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Sad and happy memories

Reading about the demolition of Ribbleton Hospital, pictured, brought back memories. (LP October 31). I remember in the 1950s when it was a cottage hospital called Chestnuts Sanatorium.

It was a beautiful place, with small chalets in a lovely garden.

I had TB. The nursing staff were excellent, so was the food!

I was only 14 years old and survived, but my friend in the next bed did not.

I still have the things which were made during my stay there. Sad, but many happy memories.

V Ormerod

Longridge