Readers’ letters - October 30

Why not get your next 'furry friend' from an animal rescue home rather than the internet? See letter
Why not get your next 'furry friend' from an animal rescue home rather than the internet? See letter
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Sooner we leave the better

In reply to Ronald Hardy, re: It would be idiotic to leave the EU, (LEP Letters, October 27).

Mr Hardy states many multi-nationals would leave these shores and relocate to Eastern bloc countries if we leave the 
EU.

Mr Hardy has obviously not been listening to Lord Bamford, Nissan, Ford and others based here in the UK, where we actually export more goods to non-EU countries than to it.

Also remember the cost for being a member of this EU club, which has never published an audit, amounts to £55m/day gross, that’s over £20bn/year to remain a member of what seems to be a more corrupt and rotten system than even our own at Westminster.

Also do you really think Mercedes will stop exporting their vehicles to the UK when they export more here than we export to them?

The following are ten good reasons to leave the EU.

1. Freedom to make stronger trade deals with other nations.

2. Freedom to spend UK resources, presently through EU membership in the UK, to the advantage of our own citizens.

3. Freedom to control our national borders.

4.Freedom to restore Britain’s special legal system.

5. Freedom to deregulate the EU’s costly mass of laws.

6. Freedom to make major savings for British consumers.

7. Freedom to improve the British economy and generate more jobs.

8. Freedom to regenerate Britain’s fisheries.

9. Freedom to save the NHS from EU threats to undermine it by harmonising healthcare across the EU, and to reduce welfare payments to non-UK EU citizens.

10. Freedom to restore British customs and traditions.

In my opinion, the sooner we get out the better.

Terry Palmer

Address supplied

Where is UK investment?

Britain undoubtedly needs trade with China, but that is no excuse for our Government to shower them with gifts.

The nuclear energy deal is appalling. Even the former Conservative Energy Minister Lord Howell called it “one of the worst deals ever” for Britain and we consumers will pay a very high price.

Chinese price cutting and undervaluing their currency destroyed many British businesses long before the recent steel job losses.

As for more Chinese investment in Britain, what is wrong with British investment in Britain? Have we become a Third World country already?

Once the Conservatives claimed to be the patriotic party. Not any more.

On recent evidence, the Chancellor looks ready to play the Pekinese carried around in Chinese sleeves.

Don’t get me wrong. I welcome Chinese visitors and students. Trade with China is important, but that’s no reason to surrender common sense and British workers’ interests to what hasn’t always been a friendly power.

Roger Backhouse, via email

Lords right to reach decision

With regard to the defeat of George Osborne by the Lords over the tax credits issue, it seems that Mr Osborne is angry, and thinks that the will of an elected parliament has been frustrated.

It is worth pointing out that, of the enfranchised electorate, only 24.4 per cent actually voted for the Conservatives.

Moreover such a move was not in the Tory manifesto and Mr Cameron had, prior to the election, categorically promised that tax credits would not be altered.

Mr Osborne has no right to be angry about this.

It is time he was taken down a peg or two and the Lords were right to do so.

David Temple, address supplied

Contempt for working classes

I agree with John Appleyard (LEP Letters October 27), regarding his letter about the steel industry. Millionaire and Tory grandee Michael Heseltine says, and I quote: “You steelworkers are lucky to be losing your jobs, when there’s such new and exciting job opportunities happening now”.

That’s the kind of bile that lot speak, and exactly the contempt they have for the working class people of this country.

I think it’s about time we, the working classes, stepped up to the mark, like previous generations did, and do something about it. I tell you now, this load of snobs, who think they were born to rule, won’t be happy until we are doffing our caps and saying thank you for scraps off their tables.

APB, address supplied

Question on democracy

In his latest letter to the Evening Post, Philip Griffiths slams the ‘undemocratic’ EU (LEP October 28).

Sadly, he’s chosen to do this in a week when a government, elected on just 37 per cent of the vote, by less than a quarter of all eligible voters in the country, had its plans to do something it promised not to do delayed by a parliamentary chamber made up of political appointees, hereditary peers and bishops.

Does he really think the people are any better off giving power back to that lot?

Will Patterson via email

Rescue centres a good option

I heard of a recent case where an elderly lady bought a dog off the internet and then realised he was not the breed (a jack russell) she wanted.

Buying any animal off the internet is not ideal in any circumstances. In fact, it is the worst way to find a pet.

For one reason, it is how puppy farmers sell their dogs, born in cruel conditions, and often with health defects.

I couldn’t help but think that the lady concerned would be better off adopting an older dog from a rescue centre, considering her age and circumstances. In fact, I reckon that’s the best way for anyone to find their future ‘furry friend’, whether canine or feline.

Jane, Lancashire