Reader’s letters - Thursday July 02, 2015

The Union Flag, pictured behind the flag of the European Union in London. See letter about the EU referendum
The Union Flag, pictured behind the flag of the European Union in London. See letter about the EU referendum
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An unfair referendum?

It’s enough to make you choke on your Sunday morning cornflakes.

That bastion of BBC objective political comment, the Andrew Marr Show, devoted 70 per cent of the programme to blatant pro- EU propaganda.

Marr enthusiastically introduced his guests , Richard Branson ad Alan Johnson as committed Europhiles. Hare- brained Branson even called for the UK to join the Euro, the very thing that has put Greece in its financial death throes.

The BBC built its reputation on impartial reporting of current affairs. No more. It is now shamelessly left wing and fervently pro-EU, despite its pretence of unbiased opinion.

UKIP MEP Paul Nuttall recently pointed out that the BBC receives £3m in EU grants. It also has £141m in EU Investment Bank loans.

Call me a cynic but might this just colour their reporting strategy on Europe?

Many contributors acclaim the benefit of EU grants to their pet projects as though it is some benevolent benefactor.

All the EU is doing is reimbursing a small fraction of the £55m daily contribution the UK makes to its insatiable greed.

The BBC is now a mirror image of the EU commission.

Unelected, self-serving, bloated, and unaccountable.

The Out campaign in the upcoming referendum already has one hand tied behind its back.

Railed against will be the TV broadcasting of the BBC and Sky, the zero-tax paying Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper empire and unlimited EU funding to obtain an In result (get it wrong, we vote again).

Unsurprisingly, the proposed wording of the question is estimated to be worth six per cent of votes cast to the In campaign .

Even the Evening Post resident article contributor B Freeman, he who writes in tongues, is a raging Europhile republican, happy to see the UK lose all tradition and independence – just saying, that’s all.

And the Lord said unto Paul – ‘ Why do you kick against the pricks?’

Pete Hanslip, Lostock Hall

Tax affairs of the Monarch

In response to Scorton Pensioner’s defence of the Monarch’s tax affairs (LEP June 29), the following information could have been added.

The 85 per cent tax figure quoted relates to the Sovereign Grant introduced in 2012.

A lump sum of 15 per cent is paid back to the Queen from the profits of the Crown Estate.

This large portfolio of land and property is estimated as being worth in the region £8bn.

The profit paid to her can never be less than that paid the previous year, even if, in the unlikely event, profits are down.

The Crown Estate dates from a Royal Act of 1399.

Net profits of £12.5m was received by the Queen in 2013 from the Privy Purse.

She graciously and voluntarily paid income tax on this sum.

Annual accounts don’t say how much this was.

Corporation Tax was not paid.

Taxes have only been paid since 1993 on the Queen’s private funds, estimated in 2014 as being worth £330m.

We don’t know how much as this private fund, is just that, very private.

In the event that the Monarchy was replaced by another system of national representation, I would not like the replacement to ape the lavish and extravagant lifestyle of the current tenants of Buckingham Palace.

The palace could soon make a profit, by being turned officially into a museum, which it already is.

Wax images of the present tenants would not be necessary, if they could be persuaded to remain in situ, paid the current minimum wage of course, which some people may regard as rather generous terms?

Denis Lee (Pensioner),


The real progressives

In his letter Proud Progressive Preston (LEP June 30), Tony Slater praises the industrial achievements of past Prestonians.

He then descends to using the childish stereotype “the sandal brigade and tree-huggers” to take a swipe at opponents of shale gas.

In doing so, he has, like many others who rely on stereotypes, failed to recognise the intellectual ability, passion and vision of those who oppose shale gas exploration.

These are people who see clearly that, in our fast-changing world, shale is not the future but the last gasp of our obsession with carbon.

They know that the real

future lies in inspiring and

supporting our brilliant scientists and engineers to develop novel energy conservation techniques, together with innovative sources of renewable energy.

This is the real opportunity we cannot let slip.

Dr Stephen Garsed via email

Mining of coal in Lancashire

The industrialised world is grateful that the mining of coal, involving the digging of huge holes and miles of underground tunnels, was able to develop in the national interest in Lancashire during earlier centuries (LEP June 30).

The millions of railway and mill workers and their families since have been particularly thankful.

George Noon via email

Learn from female players

I am informed by a relative that the England women’s football team has beaten the performance of the men’s by getting to the World Cup semi-finals in Canada. And yet had I not known of a football obsessive, I wouldn’t even know there was a women’s football team, let alone they were contesting a World Cup.

Meanwhile, obscene sums of money continue to change hands as male players transfer, and the Fifa scandal rumbles on. I am impressed to see how the women celebrate when they score – a hug, a handshake, or both – but they don’t start to “kiss” their colleague! Honestly, do the women have to constantly show the men how to do everything properly? Good luck to the team.

Darryl Ashton, Blackpool