Readers' letters - June 10

EU good for industries

Friday, 10th June 2016, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 13th June 2016, 12:17 pm
An Eurofighter Typhoon aircraft takes to the sky. A reader says being part of the EU is good for manufacturing industries. See letter

Ever since I was a boy, I have loved watching aircraft.

In my early years, I watched the Canberra aircraft bank over the Lancashire hills, flying to and from the English Electric manufacturing plant.

Time moved on and there came the development of the TSR 2, a brilliantly designed aircraft set to replace the ageing Vulcan bomber in the cold war era.

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What happened? The UK Government ran out of money for the project.

Australia rejected the aircraft in favour of the cheaper F111 subsidised by large orders from the USAF.

The realisation soon came that, as a country, the UK could not afford to develop military aircraft on its own and we needed multi-national co-operation.

The Tornado was developed with German and Italian partners, and what a superb aircraft it is. Following this, with additional partners, came the Typhoon, another brilliant aircraft.

In the civilian aircraft field, the Airbus series of passenger jets have been developed and this, in my lifetime, has probably been the most successful industrial project ever.

An additional benefit has been to Rolls Royce, working alongside Airbus, developing engines with the right power and economy. These products lead the world in the technology.

Projects such as these could have only come to fruition with European co-operation and tariff-free movement of goods and materials.

I simply cannot believe that Brexit campaigners want to throw this away. I can only think that they have little knowledge of manufacturing and what can be achieved by collaborative working.

Hundreds of thousands of well-paid jobs depend on these projects, and these ill-informed enthusiasts for European division are driving the UK further into manufacturing oblivion.

For these reasons and others, the Remain option in the forthcoming referendum is by far the most convincing.

Mr GW Collinge
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cold calling

Ways to stop nuisance

I read the article by Alex Neill regarding cold callers (WEP June 8). With my phone, I can block these numbers, so they don’t even ring.

Also, my phone has ‘Phone Guardian’ which asks the caller (if they are not in my phone book) to identify themselves. Obviously, if computer generated, no identification is possible, otherwise I can speak to the person and then allow future calls from them.

This obviously makes for a peaceful environment. However, some of the numbers, when shown, are fictitious. I find that ‘cold calling’ also applies with my email address.


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