YP Letters: Are we really ‘stronger and safer’ in EU?

Prime Minister David Cameron's dealings with the EU have been criticised.

Prime Minister David Cameron's dealings with the EU have been criticised.

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From: John Whelan, Ennerdale Crescent, Dewsbury.

IT seems the establishment is hell bent on telling us we are ‘stronger’ or ‘safer’ in the EU. It’s even gone transAtlantic now, with US Secretary of State John Kerry intervening.

Has Mr Kerry asked the women in Cologne how safe they feel right now with the decisions being made?

From: Ian Smith, Colston Close, Bradford.

BORDERS and benefits are temporary, topical issues that will at some stage be resolved, whether we stay in or leave; perhaps not amicably, but they will be settled.

What will never be resolved in this country’s interest is ‘ever closer union’, and our sovereignty, plus single currency close on the heels. Those are the issues. It’s not about today’s problems – it’s about tomorrow’s.

From: Terry Duncan, Greame Road, Bridlington.

IS it not becoming apparent that David Cameron is a lost soul, desperate to get himself out of the mire that he has created?

For the sake of the UK, the Conservative party and the country needs a new leader. The sooner the better!

From: Terry Marston, Lincoln.

WHEN David Cameron has finished his directionless conversations in Europe’s capitals and has nothing to offer in exchange but our reputation, we have still to endure his referendum, out of which he hopes to arise as the unchallenged leader of the Tories. But it won’t end there. The eurosceptics throughout the country will continue to snipe and grizzle over Europe. They are lining up now. What’s Plan B, Dave?

From: D Wood, Howden.

IS Don Burslam actually naive enough to really believe (The Yorkshire Post, February 15) that the EU has kept the peace in Europe for 60 years?

This is, of course, as far from the truth as one can get. The peace in Europe since the end of the Second World War has been kept by Nato and Nato alone.

The EU has only existed since 1993. For 30 of his 60 years at least one third of its members were on the other side in the Cold War, and for the first 16 years it only had six members.

From: Michael Dobson, Feversham Crescent, York.

EVERYONE seems to have forgotten the elephant sitting quietly in the room. I refer to the reopening of EU dialogue with a view to the possible future admission of Turkey into the EU which would give it’s 79 million people the right of free movement into the existing EU countries. It could make the current refugee/immigration numbers look like a drop in the ocean.

From: Colin McNamee, Goddard Avenue, Hull.

GIVEN numerous examples, historical and current, politicians are much like nappies. They should be changed regularly and much for the same reason.

This is not possible in any meaningful sense for the individual electorates of any of the 28 member States of the European Union as the individual State has minimal or no influence in the EU Parliament, therefore neither does its electorate.

The UK, for example, has around eight per cent of MEP representation in the EU, therefore neither in the European Union ‘Parliament’, and not in the EU unelected Commission – UK representation 1 in 28 – or its bureaucracy, is the UK electorate able to effect any real change that represents the will of its electorate.

Straightforwardly, by whom do you wish to be governed? Those whom we elect 100 per cent in our Westminster House of Commons, being directly accountable to us, for the laws by which we agree to be governed or the unaccountable being the other EU 92 per cent plus the over arching unelected EU Commission?

Nappy change long overdue.

Hope trickling away on floods

From: Elisabeth Jackson, Windmill Rise, Belper.

CRAIG Whittaker MP (The Yorkshire Post, February 12) rightly criticised the Association of British Insurers and the Government for not getting their act together regarding insurance for flood victims. I am sure that if he were a Labour MP his report would have been more critical of the Government’s response.

Following an item in a local Belper newspaper regarding a trip made by our MP to Uganda to find solutions to a problem there, I wrote to the newspaper suggesting that it would be a good idea for her to make the shorter journey ‘up north’ to help in finding answers the flooding problem.

In her reply she said that the MPs in those areas would not be happy if she interfered on their patch. Craig Whittaker’s half-hearted critique, along with his remark ‘I am encouraged by the words of the Prime minister’, makes me think that he needs the support of other Tory members to stand up to David Cameron and get him to act on his promises.

Since our MP is Conservative, I was hoping she could give that moral support and add another brain to those searching for long-term solutions. Fat chance.

Give charities a break, Ron

From: Fiona Lemmon, Clifton Byres, Clifton, Maltby, Rotherham.

I AM a fan of Ronnie O’Sullivan who brings excitement to every snooker match he plays (The Yorkshire Post, February 16). But I was appalled to learn he had turned down the chance of making a maximum 147, as the £10,000 prize was insufficient.

This was a very self-centred decision on his part. Many small charities would regard such a sum as a fortune and enable them to provide services and activities for the poor and needy for years to come. It did not enter his mind to donate any such winnings to charity and make a philanthropic gesture. Shame on him.

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