Readers' letters - March 3

'˜Another dictatorship'

By The Newsroom
Friday, 4th March 2016, 2:31 pm
Updated Friday, 4th March 2016, 3:36 pm
Englands Mike Brown scores his sides second try of the game during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London. See letter
Englands Mike Brown scores his sides second try of the game during the 2016 RBS Six Nations match at Twickenham Stadium, London. See letter

David Cameron, George Osborne and their Europhile chums are certainly turning up the heat in their “Operation Fear” campaign as well as being uneconomic with the truth.

The “gamble of the century”, forecasting economic doom, millions of jobs at risk and security of the country put in jeopardy are just a few of the examples that Cameron has used in the scaremongering tactics, designed to persuade people to remain in the EU.

His so-called “deal” is nothing less than window dressing, there are no reforms and the pathetic changes that he has hailed as a victory can be rejected by the EU institutions at any time in the future.

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That won’t happen until after the referendum is held on June 23 and as those in power are replaced – Cameron won’t be around after the next election – there is no guarantee that they will be honoured.

They have all denied, Cameron in particular, that there are plans afoot to form a Euro Army as part of the full integration of the member states of the EU, which includes us in the UK.

Well, plans are now well advanced with proposals for an initial 100 million euros to pave the way to a fully-fledged EU Defence Programme to begin in 2021 with integration and operational by 2025.

Make no mistake, this is the direction that the EU is quickly heading, Cameron and the rest of our political elite know it but choose not to tell us.

Just as the former Conservative PM Edward Heath knew when he signed the UK up to what was then the Common Market.

If you value freedom and democracy and believe in our country, do not believe anything that Cameron and company tell you, our future should not be in the EU, which is fast becoming yet another dictatorship.

Philip Griffiths

North West President UKIP

Calling on the war veterans

The 371 British servicemen who died in the ‘forgotten’ war – on Cyprus in the 1950s – are to be commemorated at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire. Thanks to ex-Royal Military Policeman David Littlemore and the RAF, a large piece of Cyprus stone has been brought back to the UK. A chamber will house a copper capsule which will contain a roll of honour bearing the names of servicemen who died on the island between 1955 and 1959. The Cyprus Emergency, as it was known at the time, saw a series of attacks on servicemen in the then British colony by the National Organisation of Cypriot Fighters.

The stone should arrive soon at The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, but we’re still waiting to hear when it will be officially unveiled. I’d love to hear from Cyprus veterans who served between 1955 and 1959, along with friends and relatives, so I can keep them updated. Email [email protected]

Peter Eckersley via email

Rabbiting on

I am happily watching the six nations but have one little complaint on the overmanning. For one match, the BBC had four people in the studio, and one on the touchline. But why, when the commentator had Brian Moore as his sidekick, did they need Jonathan Davies? One too many. I regard him as one of the finest players I have seen, but on air, he can’t shut up. The game was spoiled by endless scrum setting, and dear old Jonathan rabbited on about this, and said “I am sick of talking about this, I am beginning to bore myself.”

Good old Brian Moore couldn’t miss that! “Have you only just noticed?” Nice one Brian. As I said, one too many.

Allan Fazackerley via email