From: Richard Barrand, Shepley, Huddersfield.
NOW that there has been a dramatic change in the make-up of the EU Parliament, I wonder if they will tackle one of their major costs. I refer to the ridiculous moves between Brussels and Strasbourg for meetings. I believe this was originally done to appease the French, so if their EU critics, and those who think the same, are serious they could stop it now and demonstrate that they mean business.
There need be no long political wrangling and need for inter-party discussions. It is quite obviously uneconomic. What justification can there possibly be for it? No business, of any size, let alone one the size of the EU Assembly, would dream of moving the Head Office between two cities, many miles apart, on a regular basis.
Surely even Nick Clegg could not justify it, strong though he may think his membership of the EU argument is on economic grounds?
From: John Watson, Hutton Hill, Leyburn.
I KNOW that Nigel Farage is not everybody’s cup of tea, but he has certainly made the sparks fly this week in the European elections. What a change to see a politician on our televisions who has a smile on his face and who always gives a straight answer to a straight question.
His victory is all the more remarkable when you consider what he has had to put up with over the last few weeks. Some of the insults and name-calling have been a disgrace, most of it coming from the three main parties who thought they could read what the electorate were thinking about our membership of the EU. But how wrong they were!
From: Derek Dawson, Common Ing Lane, Ryhill, Wakefield.
THE politicians still don’t get it, do they?
They are still spouting the same old claptrap about it being mid-term. The voters of Europe have made it quite clear, a Federal Europe is not for them.
Lib Dems president Tim Fallon is bragging about how brave he is standing up for the European Union. That is not bravery Tim; that is stubborn pig-headedness.
All these Europhile politicians should be sent on the battlefield tours where they can learn where the real bravery took place, where all those young men fought and died for our continued independence.
From: Roger M Dobson, Ash Street, Crosshills, Keighley.
AFTER the European elections, has our Prime Minister realised his mistakes and seen where he has been going wrong? I doubt it. He may have manners but he has no brains.
Laughing at the Grim Reaper
From: ME Wright, Harrogate.
PERHAPS I’d better say this quietly; but I seem to have been missed off the database which Andrew Vine mentions (The Yorkshire Post, May 27); maybe they think I’m already dead. I’m not sure what the woman on the bus thought when I started laughing out loud at his saga.
I don’t much fancy the rest, but a Parky pen would be welcome and I have one of those jam jar lid things, inherited from my mum.
I wish Andrew and his pal long to enjoy their verbal dodging of the Reaper and may Andrew continue to entertain and provoke us.
Moving tribute to true heroine
From: Lynne, Colgrave, Derbyshire.
HAVING heard and read a great deal about the First World War this centenary year, I almost overlooked Nicola Furbisher’s excellent feature about the heroine, Edith Cavell, and other brave members of the resistance who were executed during the years 1915 to 1917.
The Yorkshire Post is fortunate indeed to employ such a brilliant writer as Nicola whose talent transports us to a rainy Saturday in the Enclos deds Fusilles in Brussels to glimpse the faces of those men and women who risked and gave their lives under German occupation. “Not for them the fire step, the whistle, the going over the top, the mud and the blood and the shells” – a poetic and sincerely moving article.
From: Mr Denis Birch, Smithy Lane, Leeds.
WE have recently seen the chaos that was caused between two giant worldwide companies we rely on to develop cures for illness all over the world, which in turn caused problems in the City and the political problems to safeguard the UK for the development/manufacturing and its workers of both these companies.
For what it’s worth, I think that the people who spend billions of pounds on research and development should have the sole manufacturing and a “lifetime” patent on their life saving drugs. No one anywhere else in the World should be able to cash in on these limited patents.
The other day, I have had from my local chemist, a heart tablet, a prostate tablet and a water tablet for diabetes.
All three were from companies who were licenced to sell these drugs to chemists, whether they had bought them in from a low cost manufacturer or they manufactured the tablets themselves. In other words they made profit on the back of a company that is spending hundreds of millions developing them, but the patent is out and if made overseas, which is more than likely they don’t help our balance of payments either.