Next Target of the Government Will Hit Genealogy Research

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The view that the next target of the Government is angling is wrong, the next target of this Government is genealogy.

Some time during this session of parliament, the Government is to bring forth legislation that will effectively ban family history.

The Government believes the Civil Registration Review Act, or the vital change, as it is known, will combat fraud. It won't. In fact the act will make it easier to commit fraud.

Instead of having to go to a register office to register your child, all you will have to do is phone in, making false registrations easier. This will make Child Benefit fraud easier, and also Family Tax Credit fraud easier.

The only one to suffer is the poor family historian, who will be unable to trace the first hundred years of his family.

JOHN W GRAY,

Oxclose Village,

Animal rights people should help suffering humans in Africa

SINCE the threat of banning the hunt, there is now speculation the animal rights campaigners will now move to their next agenda ( fishing.

Are these people the new puritans of our land by removing the simple pleasures of the people in the name of animal rights? Are they actually infringing the human rights of all people?

It does seem chronic that millions and millions of people, men, women and children, are dying from starvation and deprivation and no-one will help them in Africa and other parts of the world.

For a change these animal rights protesters should change their effort and go off to Africa to help the suffering humans, suffering which is certainly of more increased concern than animal rights.

Feed the hungry humans and replace animal care with human care.

DUNCAN ROBSON,

Ban nasty business of hunting ( and its alternatives

WE are hearing the hunting fraternity bleating about the alternatives to fox hunting, one method really being traps and snares, meaning really from bad to worse.

Ban the lot ( it is a nasty business.

MRS BRENDEN SCRAGG,

County Durham.

Give county councils extra powers and funds

IHAVE studied the arguments for and against a regional assembly for the North-East, and have made a decision on how to vote.

Experience regarding the London Assembly shows costs will soar. Apparently the initial five pence per week levied on top of council tax has now risen to pounds 241 per year.

How much would the member of a regional assembly be paid? It seems they would fix their own salaries. The decent thing, of course, would be for them to give their services free of charge, but I suggest that in a couple of years the salary bill could well be over pounds 1m per year.

Naturally, it is desirable for decisions to be taken locally by people with local knowledge, eg a decision over the A1.

The Government could achieve this by legislation to give the county councils extra powers and funds, and to abolish the various quangos ( no need for an assembly.

I shall be voting `No'. I hope many of your readers will do likewise.

ALEC IREDALE,

Vote for assembly a vote for dictatorial rule from Brussels

YOUR letters page reveals that there are still people labouring under the na-ve impression that a regional assembly will somehow give them more control over how we are governed, something no local government reorganisation has ever done.

The regions are the units of government of the European Union. A vote for a regional assembly is a vote for the eventual extinguishing of British sovereignty and subjugation to dictatorial rule by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels.

The choice is as simply and as potentially catastrophic as that, and all the rest is empty rhetoric ( just a lot of hot air.

PHILIP WARREN,

Leaflet published by county council comes under fire

IAM a school governor and I have received a copy of a leaflet published by Durham County Council called Your County Your Choice. …