PM right to stand alone 
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From: Dick Lindley, Altofts, Normanton, West Yorkshire.

AT last! Our congratulations are due to David Cameron for he has found the courage and tenacity to stand up to the bully boys (and girls) who run the EU. How wonderful to see our leader standing bravely alone when all but the Hungarians have deserted us.

The scenario being played 
out is reminiscent of 1939 when we stood alone defying the tyranny of Germany and the weakness of our so-called allies, many whom laughed at us when we trod our lonely path towards freedom and justice.

Of course, we hear Ed Miliband and other left-wing Europhiles chastising Mr Cameron for his brave stand.

But the truth is that the Labour Party and the Lib Dems would sell this nation down the river to ingratiate themselves with our new rulers in Brussels, whose grand plan is to destroy Britain as a free and independent country.

From: Barrie Frost, Watson’s Lane, Reighton, Filey.

INSTEAD of saying that David Cameron was humiliated over the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker as the next President of the EU Commission, Ed Miliband should accept that it is the members of the EU commission by their double-dealings who are humiliated. Why do these unelected commissioners say one thing in private and then act differently in public? Why do they ignore the feelings of many of their own countrymen that Europe needs severe reform, showing utter contempt for electors’ fears by arrogantly carrying on with the same greatly flawed European project?

Are they afraid of rocking the boat and spoiling their future chances of a plum EU sinecure?

From: BJ Cussons, Ilkley.

OUR small island cannot take the flotsam and jetsam of the whole of Europe. The current generation of German leaders seem to have found a more effective way of invading our country.

From: DS Boyes, Bramley.

IT is time for all main political parties here to have a serious re-think about our continued EU membership, before any more impoverished states, such as Albania, gain membership and flood us with even more immigrants.

Action, not handouts

From: David Treacher, Nelson Road, Hull.

WE hear of churches and similar organisations sending money 
to the developing countries to help the poor and produce growers who receive a poor payment for their work and products. But is this the best 
way forward?

We should all, and I mean everyone, write to their MP and MEP showing our contempt at such treatment to these people by their governments.

Many of the developing countries are not as poor as their governments make out, but they refuse to treat their people decently. Our government should put pressure on these governments to see their people are given a fair price for their time and produce (even without fair trade co-operatives being involved) so these people can have decent health and education 
by right. But, throwing money at the problem, no matter how 
well intended, is often not the answer and other government intervention is needed (Michael Moore, The Yorkshire Post, July 7). We should insist on that.

A comfy retirement

From: Arthur Quarmby, Underhill, Holme.

THE House of Lords was an anachronism for a century and more until the hereditaries were finally ejected and put out to grass.

The public understood that they would be replaced by distinguished and highly-respected persons taken 
from the country at large, so 
that this revising chamber 
could do a really good job of advising the Government to think again when the chamber thought some piece of draft legislation needed reconsideration and possibly revision. Unfortunately this did not happen.

Far too dangerous to have independently-minded persons advising the Government – so much more satisfactory to fill this chamber with their own.

And so the noble House of Lords now exists to provide a comfortable retirement refuge – and income – for time-expired politicians such as (for example) Lords Brittan, Prescott and Tebbit, and is now far less 
use even than when the hereditariness were in charge.

It seems that any MP who keeps his (or her) nose clean 
can count on ennoblement when they become an embarrassment, and a comfortable retirement 
as a reward for their (well-paid and handsomely-pensioned) service to the country.

The House of Lords as it now exists, ought to be scrapped.

The wrong priorities

From: Iain Morris, Saltaire

THE truth is that the so-called Leeds City Region deemed the development of Kirkstall Forge more important than that of Bradford city centre.

Our new shopping centre is now under construction. Leeds is not Manchester and Bradford is not Salford.