We need some born leaders

I was not impressed by the performance of Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan in Parliament on February 7 with regards to seagulls. I felt this deviated from more important issues.

Monday, 6th March 2017, 8:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 9:38 am

One of these, close to the hearts of many, is the state of NHS services.

I am annoyed that some patients assault, insult and threaten ambulance and police crews who risk life and limb to get them to our ‘blue light facility’ on the outskirts of Newcastle. I sincerely hope magistrates are not lenient with the offenders, whether they were under the influence of alcohol, other noxious substances or selective amnesia.

I feel that by far too much money is spent on in vitro fertilitsation, erectile dysfunction and childbirth research at a time when famine is evident in the Sudan and Yemen, where Lieutenant Colonel Colin ‘Mad Mitch’ Mitchell ordered his pipers (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders) to play a stirring tune.

A once flamboyant man, he was MP for West Aberdeenshire. What a pity we didn’t have more like him and other born leaders like Sir Winston Churchill and Berwick’s Lord Beith.

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I am an animal lover, and bird lover. I abhor those who want to only ‘kill and thrill’, albeit I hate seagulls, which in the opinion of many, are flying rodents.

Knowing that Berwick has many attractions, historical, pleasurable and pecuniary, it is now the home of many from South England, Yorkshire and overseas.

Many from overseas are friends who are quite prepared to ‘dig in’, and I for one, respect this. What I do frown on are those who come to Berwick, purchase ‘distressed’ properties and rent them out at high prices, thus allowing the owners to retire.

Before I leave this mortal coil, I’m determined to ensure that credit is given to those who merit it by saving life – Belford and Berwick ambulance crews and hospital staff at Borders General Hospital, Freeman Road and Edinburgh Western General are among them.

I was delighted to read that two crew members from the Royal Naval Air Sea Rescue (ASR) squadron at HMS Gannet had been gonged for the part they played in the rescue during last year’s floods of the driver and passengers from a bus in Ayrshire. Bravo, we are all proud of you.

Eric Allen

Tweed Street

Berwick-upon-Tweed