Cameron should concentrate on the important issues

From: Phil Hanson, Beechmount Close, Baildon, Shipley.

HERE we go again, another example of Britain living in the colonial past! David Cameron has slipped into the usual power wielding PM mode last occupied by the infamous Tony Blair.

Surely we need to start and behave as we are, a small European trading nation and not try to interfere again where all we will do is alienate ourselves further with Islamic nations who see us as interfering busybodies,

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I would rather see less spent on our Armed Forces and an end to getting roped into Iraq, Afghanistan etc where we have lost our gallant lads for nations not worth a carrot apart from their oil; these nations have to sort themselves out.

The British Government needs to stop acting like a cheque book Neville Chamberlain and realise those that hate Britain do so because we interfere and that they will not be bought by our ridiculous attempts to skew their opinions with aid.

If the Government is so short of issues to resolve, why doesn’t it take on Brussels and sort out the injustices where our insurance companies are not allowed to judge premiums based on risk for starters?

Oh, and there is a recession, in case they forget...

From: D Birch, Smithy Lane, Cookridge, Leeds.

BECAUSE of what is now happening in the Middle East in general, hopefully towards democracy, the media and our politicians are asking questions over our role in this probable new world and a defence review that should or should not be carried to extremes of “we need it or we don’t”.

We should get together with the main countries in Europe and build a Nato-style military.

The way I envisaged was that as an island country with the strongest, Navy we should be fully responsible in Nato for whatever was necessary by a Navy. France, who is strong in the air, should be responsible for that area of a Nato force. Germany’s responsibility should be all about the troops needed for Nato. The other main countries of Italy/Spain/Portugal should do logistics.

All the countries in Europe should supply troops in number as to the size of the country. This way, all the countries in Europe would bear the cost and the personnel.

Obviously it would be a big change, but it can be done and would leave us with a bigger and better Europe that could be a force for democracy in our world.

From: CJ Ball, Finkil Street, Hove Edge, Brighouse.

IT is reported that the price of fuel has risen by about 10 per cent over the past few weeks because of the situation in Libya, a major exporter of oil. Presumably we can look forward to a corresponding drop of about 10 per cent when the political unrest is resolved.

However, I am not holding my breath. I am still waiting for the official announcement of the removal of the sixpence per gallon surcharge, imposed in 1956 because of the increased tanker journey around Africa due to the closing of the Suez Canal.

From: David Quarrie, Lynden Way, Acomb, York.

DURING his Premiership, Tony Blair took our country into many wars, only one of which was justified.

David Cameron is now talking tough about Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi, and saying he might use military force. That sounds like “regime change” to me, and that is illegal.

It is imperative that the UK and the EU leave the Arabs to sort out their own mess, we have more than enough troubles of our own.

From: Ken Holmes, Cliffe Common, Selby, York.

how anyone can describe the ex-prime minister as a world statesman beggars belief. If it’s true that Tony Blair has telephoned Colonel Gadaffi twice asking him to resign, it shows hypocrisy of the highest degree.

They should be talking to each other in a cell awaiting trial at The Hague.