From: Barrie Frost, Watson’s Lane, Reighton, Filey.
IT is very clear that Germany has appointed herself leader of the European Union with France adopting her customary role of following on one step behind.
The recent summit of EU members was urgently required to attempt to solve the crisis facing the euro and the horrendous financial circumstances and seemingly insoluble debts of countries like Italy and Greece, with several other EU member states who may also be in similar trouble.
It was known by all that Britain could not accept a treaty which would impose the so-called Tobin Tax on the financial institutions of the City of London.
It could not do this because such a tax would very unfairly penalise London and Britain far and above other European cities and countries, with Britain thus being compelled to unjustly assist in rescuing the euro which, due to its known and inherent flaws shouldn’t have been embarked on in the first place, and which Britain was not a part of.
So, knowing our Prime Minister, David Cameron, could not possibly sign such a treaty, why was it proposed and presented as non-negotiable, and why was Cameron apparently, so vilified for only doing the obvious?
The obvious part is that Germany and France had, before the summit meeting, decided between themselves that they would form a strategy which would ensure that Britain’s refusal to sign the treaty would make her look the villain; the country that would not co-operate; the country that placed her own interests above those of the whole EU.
From: Robert Reynolds, Dixon House, Harrogate.
I REALLY do have to laugh at the uneducated comments regarding David Cameron’s veto at the eurozone summit.
In short, Germany has pegged its old currency at a reduced rate to the new euro. This has allowed that country to export its products between 15 and 20 per cent cheaper.
In short, Germany has exported its unemployment to the rest of Europe, causing budgetary problems and social unrest. This has aggravated the serious problems of excessive spending and now sovereign debt.
The criticisms of Mr Cameron’s stance imply that the sixteen countries in the eurozone are happy for Germany to continue exporting its unemployment to them. Well, if a sane person wishes to self harm, who are we, the British, to stop them?
The harsh reality is they can have as many summits as they like, the end result will be the same – a fracturing of the eurozone, probably even total collapse.
As capital exits to the temporary safe haven of America, the Eurozone needs $1.7 trillion in the next two months to pay its debts. That money will not be there.
From: David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Acomb, York.
THE people criticising David Cameron for his stance in Brussels last week claim he has isolated Britain.
The two most “isolated” countries in Europe are Norway and Switzerland, both vastly superior to Britain in numerous ways.
They have a very high standard of living, high wages, few out of work, control of their own borders and their own currency.
They have superb transport systems, excellent health and education facilities.
They have few immigrants, no strikes, clean air, highly efficient energy supplies, thriving industries, wonderful tourism and holiday offers, low crime rates, a working democracy and they control their own destinies.
If that is “isolation”, bring it on here as soon as possible.
From: Michael Iveson, Summerbridge, Harrogate.
THE divisions in the coalition Government over David Cameron’s brave decision to “stay out” of the European agreement are unfortunate.
However, for those of us brought up to believe in democracy, we feel that Nick Clegg’s Lib Dems, a party which finished a poor third in the last General Election, should not be involved in running the country in any shape or form.
From: Kenneth Radcliffe, The Knowle, Shepley, Huddersfield.
WHEN the eurozone was formed in 2002, I don’t remember there being a tremendous boost to Britain’s economy. Why then should it be a catastrophe when (inevitably) the eurozone is broken up? Surely we would only return to trading in marks, francs and lire.
Is my view too simplistic or are the politicians using scaremongering tactics to get us to embrace the EU?
From: Dick Lindley, Altofts, Normanton.
CONGRATULATIONS to David Cameron. At last we have a leader more like Winston Churchill than Neville Chamberlain.
That is the way to do it. He has shown the megalomaniacs in the EU that Britain and her people are not for subjugation, now or ever. It has been tried before and failed before.
Happy days are here at last!
From: Peter Asquith-Cowen, First Lane, Anlaby, near Beverley.
BECAUSE of the Prime Minister’s firm stance on Europe, even if there has to be a General Election, maybe next year, many voters – including Labour supporters –might vote Tory to stay independent and outside the EU. The only direct victim will be Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats, certainly not the Tories.
From: Keith Wigglesworth, Mead Way, Highburton, Huddersfield.
SO, Britain stands alone in Europe. Message for Merkel and Sarkozy... not for the first time folks, is it?