Foreign follies cost taxpayers

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From: Karl Sheridan, Selby Road, Holme on Spalding Moor, East Yorkshire.

THERE is no doubt that the humanitarian situation in Syria is horrific, however, I do question the ethics and priorities of our foreign policies.

Although we are still in the constraints of an economic meltdown (ignore manipulated figures that say otherwise) our government can still find £60m to pour into foreign aid to Syria, as well as funding many more Asian countries such as Pakistan.

What I question is the bizarre reasoning that requires us as a nation to always be the one setting an example when it comes to giving aid to other nations, especially when many other larger countries sit back and do nothing.

We deserve say

From: Ken Cooke, Wheatley Road, Ilkley.

THE Governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, said last week that a currency union was a possibility if an independent Scotland wanted to keep the pound sterling.

This would involve the rest of the UK underwriting the Scottish economy and covering potential bad debts.

This is a matter which impacts on all of us but has not been the subject of any political party’s manifesto. It is therefore important that the issue be put before the people.

If the Scottish referendum decides for independence, then the rest of the UK deserves a referendum to choose whether we accept a currency union.

Axing commas

From: M J Wadley, Olive Grove, Harrogate.

I WAS very interested in Brian Sheridan’s letter (Yorkshire Post, February 4), particularly where he says “the misplacement of a comma or full-stop can totally alter the meaning of a sentence”.

The use of a comma or not in the following sentence can, as he says, totally alter the meaning. Charles the first walked and talked half an hour after his head was cut off. Try saying it to decide where the punctuation should be. This was drummed into us children in the 1940s by our maths teacher who was also our English teacher. It has stood me in great stead over the years.