May 29: Business case for quitting failed EU

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From: D Wood, Howden.

IT appears that the head of the CBI is not only totally out of touch with the views of the general public regarding 
Britain’s membership of the failed EU, but is also completely out of touch with his membership.

His view is to campaign against leaving this totally worthless dictatorship when most business leaders want the EU to be radically reformed or for Britain to leave.

This fact was made clear by Lord Bamford, the head of one of Britain’s most successful companies, JCB, and who has said that reform is needed to reduce the costly and ridiculous EU red tape burden.

As Lord Bamford said, leaving the EU would allow us to make our own trade deals rather than being one of 28. He hits the nail on the head when he states that Britain “is the fifth or sixth largest economy in the world. We could exist on our own, peacefully and sensibly”. He is, of course, so right.

Meanwhile David Cameron has started his renegotiations, but has not mentioned the most important issue from Britain’s point of view, an end to or 
opt out of the free movement 
of people; nothing else matters if he does not get this concession (The Yorkshire Post, May 27).

Stopping benefits will not stop the mass flow of people to the country they see as the land of milk and honey. And as all the EU elite have already told him, this is a non-starter, why waste time negotiating?

Give us our referendum now and let’s start making Britain great again.

There is not one good reason for being in the EU.

Traces of Alice creator

From: Harry Mead, Great Broughton, North Yorkshire.

IT was good to see the often-overlooked connections between Croft, on the south bank of the Tees near Darlington, and Lewis Carroll handsomely highlighted in Stephen McClarence’s feature (The Yorkshire Post Magazine, May 23). But completely forgotten now seem to be possible links at Croft which many might regard as among the most telling and touching of all reminders of the creator of Alice.

During conversion of the Rectory, where he spent part of his boyhood, into flats in the early 1950s, beneath the floorboards of the former nursery were found playthings, including the lid of a doll’s china tea set, a tiny pair of gloves, a child’s shoe and several enigmatic scraps of writing. A former rector of Croft, Canon TA Littleton, once told me he believed these items were forwarded to the Lewis Carroll Society and were displayed at Croft for the 150th anniversary of Carroll’s birth in 1982. Where are they now?

A window bearing Carrol’s scratched real initials, C L D, was also discovered during the Rectory’s conversion. Local legend has it that the White Rabbit’s statement “I’m late for a very important date” originated with drinkers from County Durham, who uttered it as they hurried over Croft bridge into Yorkshire, where the pubs closed an hour later. And it might be worth mentioning that a pub at Marske-in-Swaledale, where Lewis Carroll’s headmaster from his school at Richmond was the vicar, was named The Dormouse.

Power station an ageing giant

From: Chris Broome, Sheffield.

TONY Lodge laments the imminent “early closure” of Ferrybridge power station (The Yorkshire Post, May 21). But it is nearly 50 years old. One of the great failings of the electricity market has been its inability to ensure timely replacement of ageing coal stations with lower carbon and more efficient generating capacity.

Mr Lodge then turns his attention to the carbon price that he describes as a “tax grab” but was actually introduced to decarbonise heavy industry and our electricity supply. It is a vital tool in tackling climate change. It is true the UK carbon price is higher than the EU equivalent but because of that it has driven faster innovation in energy efficiency. Nevertheless, industrial users get financial support to limit the impact on their energy bills, while a major home insulation programme is the most cost-effective way to reduce household bills.

Meanwhile, the inadequacy of the EU carbon tax is now being recognised and measures are being taken to raise it. The UK is helping to drive this process.

We need to progress towards a cleaner energy future and not constantly seek justification for keeping ageing giants like Ferrybridge going.

Education’s buzz of jargon

From: Diana M Priestley, The Parkway, Darley Dale, Matlock.

ISN’T education wonderful? Unless you have the latest buzz words/phrases, you cannot understand what is happening. At least Jo Conway (The Yorkshire Post, May 20) put “link and connect” into inverted commas, but when I reached “systematic scaffolding” (my inverted commas, not hers) I came to a halt. What does it mean?

As a historian, the instant picture in my head was of the Gunpowder Plotters, systematically scaffolded (hanged) before being cut down, drawn and quartered.

From: Ken Holmes, Selby.

I SAW and heard a cuckoo the other morning. What a lovely change to some of the ones I saw and heard in the run-up to the General Election.

Out and about

From: Mrs P Boardman, Parkfield Avenue, Mirfield.

FURTHER to the letter from Jean Lorriman (The Yorkshire Post, May 22) about OWLS (Over 50s Weekday Leisure Scheme),

I would like to advise her and others that in the Kirklees area there are OWLS at most sport centres.

If you are lonely, come and join us. We get some exercise and have many a laugh!