October 16: It is economic sense to leave EU behind

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From: Les Arnott, Athelstan Road, Sheffield.

THE EU’s share of global GDP fell from 30 per cent in 1993 to 24 per cent in 2013 – a drop of one fifth. It is continuing to fall at an alarming rate. So, why do irresponsible europhiles want us to continue to be shackled to a failing, economic organisation rather than be pursuing expanding global markets?

Forget all other arguments – economic probity alone demands a Brexit.

From: Barry Tighe, Matson Court, Woodford Green.

THE EU referendum debate is slipping into hilarious farce. Do both sides want to lose? They’re both going the right way about it. What a bunch of clowns.

From: Terry Palmer, South Lea Avenue, Hoyland, Barnsley.

SEEMS rather strange that ‘Stay In’ and big business campaigner Lord Rose seems to have deliberately confused Europe with the political union that is called the EU.

He argued that we are stronger in the world, have more influence and more clout while in the EU. Has he forgotten that the United Kingdom no longer even has a seat on the World Trade Organisation and that Brussels now wants a single EU seat on the UN Security Council?

He argues that in order to trade we have to have free movement of people, why? Nowhere else in the world is that the case. To think that UK manufactured cars would face tariffs when we import hundreds of thousands more cars from Germany shows, I would suggest, utter detachment from the realities of trade.

To argue that his is the patriotic position is turning the truth on its head.

UK’s migrant policy is sane

From: James Robson, Kirbymoorside, North Yorkshire.

SO a group of lawyers and judges have taken it upon themselves to complain about the Government’s migrant policy which strikes me as the most sane and sensible thing to come from any of the countries involved.

One thing is certain, if these “legal royalty” get their way, the depredations caused by increasing the number of economic migrants will have practically no effect on this 
layer of the “clotted cream of society” after their years of enormous salaries and cherry picking of the property 
market.

As I overheard in the queue for the local food bank the other day: “It’s easy for them to say.” I wonder when the authentic voice of the English people will be heard on this?

In defence of the Bake Off

From: Mrs Marjorie Lloyd, Brindley Mill, Skipton.

WHERE has Tom Richmond (The Yorkshire Post, October 10) been this autumn? Has he not seen the four excellent new dramas the BBC has been showing on Sundays? Nor the two delightful new comedies which have just finished on BBC2 on Thursdays? Has he forgotten the likes of Last Tango in Halifax, Happy Valley and Call the Midwife, just because they don’t seem to be showing at the moment?

And there are any number of instructive and entertaining documentaries on BBC2 and BBC4, some of which may lose me after their words of introduction but their graphics and production levels prove them rarely to be a waste of time.

As for his criticism of The Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing, he misses to point entirely. Personally, I am no fan of reality TV and detest those programmes which seek only to belittle their contestants and sensationalise a modicum of talent, but these two BBC shows are the best on offer. They both provide positive, amusing, uplifting, inspiring entertainment and show great creativity.

Tsar’s apology unacceptable

From: Mr S. B. Oliver, Churchill Grove, Heckmondwike.

YOUR crime correspondent, Rob Parsons, wrote (The Yorkshire Post, October 10) that West Yorkshire’s crime commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has issued an apology after damaging a bollard when reversing his car at a university venue in Leeds.

His response that “I did not realise I had done so until it was brought to my attention shortly afterwards” is unbelievable. The bollard was damaged so there will have been an impact as well as a noise through the car body and probably an unexpected stop. Any driver who is unable to be aware of these conditions, should have their licence taken away. That bollard could have been a small child. No criminal action had taken place but the excuse from the crime commissioner, to me, is unacceptable.

Bill’s kindness is not forgotten

From: Mrs Maureen Edwards, Bolton, York.

IT was with great sadness that my husband and I learnt of the death of Bill Mitchell, the former writer and editor of The Dalesman. He was so kind and considerate.

In 1976, when our nine-year-old son wrote to Mr Mitchell to ask him for information on the Kearton Brothers for a topic he was working on at primary school, Bill replied and was most helpful to Simon, who is now a professor! I really believe Bill’s response was so positive that Simon took an interest in research from that time forward.