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We're not leaving Nato

Thursday, 14th July 2016, 5:54 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 6:23 pm
Politicians pose for a photograph during this years Nato summit in Warsaw, Poland. See letter

Here we go again! Out come Jones and Fraser with their favourite catchphrases of ‘Don’t panic!’ and ‘We’re doomed! We’re all doomed!’ as the hand-wringers of Remain once more come out of their closets, this time over defence.

To link Brexit with also withdrawing from Nato is the most preposterous thing I have ever heard. The logic in jumping to such a wide of the mark conclusion is breathtaking. For a start, Nato existed long, long before the EU came about.

And what was/is Nato’s job? To protect Europe in case of war, which meant against Russia (Cold War and all that).

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Yet here we have the doom merchants seemingly implying that Brexit also means the UK coming out of Nato.

Even the very fact that we are to station some of our dwindling band of troops in European countries bordering Russia should be a stark rebuttal of the nonsense being put forward but, no, they continue to peddle the same tripe they peddled with the referendum e.g. stock markets will fall.

Well, yes, the markets did fall, but only temporarily, as now they are mostly even higher than before Brexit. The pound may take a little longer to recover, but recover it will.

Yes, it may well mean that we do not contribute to the much vaunted EU Army but that is NOT Nato.

For a start, the USA is in Nato but is not part of Europe (but listening to President Obama and his trade deals, you’d think that WAS the case).

Why, it’s as daft an idea that this EU army could protect Europe on its own from, say, Russia in the event of war without the help of USA, which is where Nato comes into, er, force. So, Remain hand-wringers, go and wash your hands as many times as you like, but it won’t wash with us Brits who can see right through your subterfuge.

A Having Left


Check which bin you use

I’m afraid this letter is going 
to be a little bit like complaining of a pimple on one’s forehead whilst one is suffering from a potentially deadly disease.

But I need to get this off my chest, nevertheless.

Whilst out shopping today, I noticed that an on-street recycling bin was more-or-less empty.

Right next to it was the non-recycling bin that was more-or-less full.

And what was it full of?

Recyclable items like cans and bottles!

If we don’t start doing things to help the environment at this level, what hope have we got for the planet that continues to see exponential population growth?

Please do your bit for recycling if you can, even if it is only a little.

Harry Francis



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