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Suffolk and Proud

PUBLISHED: 12:43 09 September 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 05 July 2010

MANY years ago I had a discussion with an aunt about the problems in Ethiopia.

I wondered if we could come to an agreement with them where our two countries were linked.

MANY years ago I had a discussion with an aunt about the problems in Ethiopia.

I wondered if we could come to an agreement with them where our two countries were linked.

I was working on the assumption that if our countries were one and the same, we would not allow people to starve in the way they were.

“Yes, but then they would want to come to this country and live,” she said.

I could not agree. Why would they want to? Our countries would have the same infrastructure, health system, road system, etc. And remember, we could go and live there. Therefore Ethiopia would become a county of England or England could become a county of Ethiopia.

“What you want is utopia,” replied my aunt. “And you are not going to get that at any time.”

Now we are asked for our opinions on whether we should become part of Norfolk. So far the best reason anybody can put forward for this not to happen is because Norfolk and Suffolk people do not mix.

What a load of rubbish.

We will not be able to make a valued judgement on the proposed boundary changes until we have all the facts and figures in front of us ie how much will the change cost? Will it be value for money? And will it result in higher bills for the population in either Norfolk or Suffolk?

But these are the issues we cannot give an opinion on until we are given all the figures. Until we are we should say to the Boundary Committee that the consultation deadline will have to be moved back to enable us to make considered conclusions. We need to be shown that this change has been properly costed.

We don't need any silly flag raising gesturesl. We need constructive leadership leading to the best solution for all concerned, whatever it might be.

I have heard people say: “I love Suffolk” or “I am proud of being a Suffolk person.”

For goodness sake get a grip. The place won't look any different under Norfolk than it does under Suffolk.

Remember it has been under Suffolk County Council and we have had the dreadful new road system in Lowestoft and we are no closer to getting another river crossing that is so desperately needed.

STEPHEN PAVEY

Corton parish councillor

Corton Long Lane

Corton

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