October 24: Let Church help refugees with the help of its vast wealth

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From: Dick Lindley, Altofts, Normanton.

IT was with incredulity that I read of the 84 bishops from the Church of England castigating David Cameron for not allowing much larger numbers of Syrian refugees into our already overcrowded nation (The Yorkshire Post, October 19).

If they are so concerned about the refugees, who are in effect fleeing from a war inflicted on them by religious intolerance of one kind or another, why not use the great wealth of the Church of England, about £6bn, to provide safe accommodation and welfare for these refugees in one of the Middle Eastern countries adjacent to the war zone?

Our welfare and education infrastructures are unable to cope with the present population of the UK, let alone an increase of 50,000 extra persons as these bishops would have us bring into the UK.

It is time for Church of England bishops to put their money where their mouths are, and remember the words of Jesus when he said: “Sell all thou has and give it to the poor.” All £6bn please.

From: John E Downing, Wynyard Drive, Morley, Leeds.

LIKE many politicians, Angela Merkel is now being brought back into reality by her voters, who have described the German Chancellor as a “people smuggler”. Her latest dictation to the Turkish government is for them to stem the flow of immigrants through Turkey and is, therefore, contradictory to her ethos of free movement of people.

She cannot blow with the wind to satisfy her own agenda. The time is now right for the failed concept to be scrapped and self determination to be restored to member states. Dismantle the European Union and revert to the Common Market ideal.

From; Dr Glyn Powell, Bakersfield Drive, Kellington, Goole.

BRITAIN’S economy has steadily declined since 1913. However, following our membership of the European Union (EU) in 1974, the manufacturing sector of the economy has virtually disappeared, owing in large measure to successive governments slavishly adhering to foolish diktats from undemocratic EU bureaucrats.

The consequences have been dire. Entire industries have ceased, wages have been reduced and hardship and poverty increased. The leftist Syriza government in Greece opposes the EU’s secret negotiations and its stance must be supported. Failing this, it is in all our interests to withdraw from the undemocratic and harmful EU.

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