From: Aled Jones, Mount Crescent, Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
IS there any reason to think that David Cameron’s administration cannot be seriously considered a feared administration? Feared because it has arrogantly refused to give us the chance to make our decision on whether we want to be an independent country and not one ruled over by a tyrannical EU? Yes, in view of the massive Ukip gains, I think it’s safe to say that a vast number of Britons are genuinely fearful of the current government. People are now clearly trying to tell Cameron something – that he needs to start defending parliamentary democracy against rule from Brussels.
Thomas Jefferson has a famous quote on the topic: “When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty.”
The only way to find liberty is to realise that the best people to govern a nation are its own people themselves.
From: Terry Duncan, Greame Road, Bridlington, East Yorkshire.
AS one who has voted against any Labour Party being the Government of the day, surely it is time the true blues of this country who want to conserve decency in the UK, without EU interference, who want to uphold the rights from the wrongs, ask the present Prime Minister to stand down now. Because the Rt Hon David Cameron is making a real mess of our Great Britain.
From: G Ellison, Hawthorne Avenue, Dronfield.
WHY does David Cameron think that he’s going to win back my vote all because I voted Ukip in the recent local elections as thousands more did? I wouldn’t have voted Tory at gunpoint, like many more who voted Ukip. New Labour is Tory Mark 2 and the Lib Dems jump into bed with anyone as we know.
So Cameron, you are wrong.
From: Coun Andrew Carter, Civic Hall, Leeds.
IT is almost beyond parody that it has taken so long for Italy’s political parties to form a government.
For some supposedly serious European political leaders to pretend that the eurozone is over the worst, is at best frighteningly complacent, but at worst, it betrays the fact that they are prepared to do anything, and say anything, to keep together a currency that was doomed from the outset; a currency based on one size fits all, covering countries of widely differing economic strengths and weaknesses was obviously hopelessly flawed from the outset.
The simple reality is that Greece, Italy, Spain, and quite possibly Portugal and Ireland, will only have a chance of economic recovery if they are able to go against the EU dictats and devalue, in order to be more competitive. Perhaps the most frightening thing about the Italian fiasco however is, that if Nick Clegg, had his way, we would now have a similar voting system.
We should be thankful for small mercies.
From: Terry Morrell, Prunus Avenue, Willerby.
MAY I thank Steve McGuiness for his informative letter. However, he, or his masters appear to miss several points.
Because postal charges in the EU are higher than here in the UK, that is no reason to play catch-up. Unwarranted price increases will simply reduce person mailing even further.
Major savings could be produced by a five evening per week collection (Sunday to Thursday) and a five-day delivery (Monday to Friday). Saturday mail is not essential and this would reduce the amount of overtime considerably. That way postmen could work a five-day week and maintain their own regular “walk”.
Also, the cheap delivery of competitors “door to door” mail is only compounding the crazy non-competitive competition imposed by the EU government in Brussels. Postmen should refuse to handle this innocuous baggage which is threatening their industry. If these companies had to fulfill the complete task of door to door deliveries themselves, then the PO would be able to compete too in pricing these bulk contracts.
Are the PO making adequate changes to delivery methods to cope with the rapidly increasing small parcel market? Here there are plenty of reasonably cheap options available.
From: Martin Hickes, High Street, Farsley, Leeds.
AS a new political philosophy takes root, with its focus on a tough immigration policy and the preservation of the “English” identity, has anyone considered that the English themselves were once immigrants?
The English owe their name and much of their culture, not to mention language, to the Angles, who, as part of the Anglo Saxon hordes, invaded from the Low Germany and the Friesland areas over 1000 years ago.
While numerous other peoples have come to these shores since, the “English” settlers in nomenclature at least had an immense impact on the heritage of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Suffolk and all of what were once the Romano-British settlements on the East Coast.
As the modern day English continue to question the right and validity of many incoming peoples from mainland Europe today, is there perhaps some slight irony in the fact that the English were once the settlers from the Continent, who displaced the old Britons, post Roman conquest?