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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Christmas is a time to reflect

CHRISTMAS is a time to reflect. We wonder what extra meaning the festivities will have for those who went through troubled times this year.

What about the poor souls who were caught up in the tsunami disaster? Or those families who wait anxiously for news of loved ones serving out in Iraq?

Closer to home, what will this Christmas mean for those flooded out of their homes in Keswick and Cockermouth during the January storms?

What of the families of those who died on Cumbria’s roads?

What about the 500 child carers in West Cumbria, some as young as four, who we discovered spent their young lives looking after ill or disabled relatives?

What about the families of workers at Corus and elsewhere who face uncertain futures?

Most of us will share Christmas with those nearest and dearest to us, but many others will find that loneliness is their partner.

Spare a thought for all these people.

Amid the festivities, we should set aside time to remember our human failings and frailties, and to try and rekindle our human sprit.

Dog’s breakfast of a law

HUNTSMEN have sniffed out a loophole in the law that so controversially banned hunting with dogs earlier this year.

Both the Melbreak and Blencathra hunts will be out for their traditional Boxing Day meets, claiming as much support as ever.

Both packs have introduced drag hunting, in which hounds follow a scent. They claim to take out the hounds to exercise them.

The police are satisfied that the hunts are acting within the law; there have been no prosecutions in Cumbria.

Which shows that this was a dog’s breakfast of a law, designed to cosset urban sensibilities while ignoring the practicalities of farming life on the fells.

It was a sheer waste of Parliamentary time.

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