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From: Don Burslam, Elm Road, Dewsbury Moor, Dewsbury.

For a long time, arguments about the EU have followed a similar pattern in your columns. Assertions and figures, however tendentious or suspect, are presented and the writers obviously expect some sort of explanation or response from defenders. It is high time the argument was turned round and critics required to indicate what their vision for the future is, if any.

Doing a Norway hardly seems an adequate rejoinder. I am sure our trade unions would welcome with open arms the prospect of this country joining Norway in the dog house of Europe. We would be shorn of all influence and aid, subject to all manner of surcharges and extra duties and deprived of inward investment from the multinationals.

What a bleak future, and the question remains: can 27 countries (and counting) all be wrong? Perhaps it’s a case of everyone being out of step but our Nigel!

From: D Wood, Thorntree Lane, Goole.

DURING Prime Minister’s Questions last week, Conservative MP Peter Bone asked David Cameron if due to the fact that 373,000 people in a national newspaper campaign, 80 per cent of Conservative voters, Nick Clegg and Mr Bone’s wife all wanted a referendum on our membership of the EU, would Mr Cameron give us that referendum? To which Mr Cameron answered in the negative because:“he believed that Britain should be in the EU”.

How arrogant of Mr Cameron and the political elite of this country, when they think that the opinion of a few MPs count for more than the opinion of a few million voters.

David Cameron needs to remember that he is only Prime Minister by default as he did not get an overall majority, and needed to form a coalition with the EU fanatic Nick Clegg. When is he going to develop a backbone, ditch Clegg and his gang of “also rans” and give us a cast iron guarantee of a referendum on EU membership and then call a general election, which he would then win easily and at the same time, wipe out the Lib Dems in the process.

From: DS Boyes, Rodley Lane, Leeds.

I CANNOT agree with Grimsby MP Austin Mitchell’s eulogising over the late Anthony Crosland after his wife’s Susan death (Yorkshire Post, March 5).

He was directly responsible for taking away that wonderful window of opportunity for children of poor families, ie the 11+ exam and grammar schools resulting from Butler’s 1944 Education Act. Especially when today, Labour’s ranks are full of wealthy public school educated ‘toffs’ and many of its MPs can’t wait to send their children to expensive private schools.

Leeds had half a dozen grammar schools, mostly fee-paying up to World War Two and my late mother, although winning a scholarship for a ‘free’ place to one of them in 1931, was unable to take advantage because her father could not afford the books etc needed, so she left school at the age of 14!

One irony is that Justice Secretary Ken Clarke MP attended the very same Nottingham school as Labour Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls. Mr Clarke, whose father was an NCB electrician, went free on passing the 11+, whereas the wealthier Balls family had to pay thousands for young Ed to get the same education after Labour had ended the old system inbetween times!

No wonder this country is in such a state, when resulting from such spiteful dogma, our brightest and best children are lumped together with many who cannot even speak the Queen’s English!

My mother actually wanted to go to West Leeds Girls High School.

From: PJ Thomson, Kelly Street, Goldthorpe, South Yorkshire.

With reference to the letter from Mr Peter Green (Yorkshire Post, March 10), he appears to skim over the major problems that we in this nation are about to have to endure with regard to our future and vital energy needs.

He mentions all the alternative sources of energy such as nuclear, wind and oil power, but he seems to have airbrushed out the part which is, to me, the most important factor which is or should be the part of any future energy plans. It is of course the use of clean coal technology and in-seam gasification.

He writes: “But our grandfathers had a very sensible saying: ‘don‘t throw good money after bad’.”

May I remind him that they also said “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket” which is sadly exactly what we have done as a nation regarding our future energy needs. Each time that a crisis happens in the Middle East, no matter how many gunboats we have at our disposal, we still find ourselves up the creek without a paddle.

Our only secure and stable indigenous energy base was destroyed by a government intent on spiteful revenge against the hardworking coal miners, who had the audacity to ask to be able to work and make a contribution to society. Japan, of course, decimated its coal industry during the 1980s to rely on nuclear. Now where have I heard that before?

With each year that passes, the economic case for clean-coal technology becomes more valid, so in my opinion we must act now before it is tragically too late.