Readers’ letters - October 30

Adopting a dog from a rescue centre is better than buying from the internet says a reader, see letter
Adopting a dog from a rescue centre is better than buying from the internet says a reader, see letter

Leave as soon as possible

In reply to Ronald Hardy, re: It would be idiotic to leave the EU, (WEP Letters, October 28).

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


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.

Do you really think Mercedes will stop exporting 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

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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.

Roger Backhouse via email

Adopt not buy

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 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. I reckon that’s the best way for anyone to find their future ‘furry friend’, whether canine or feline.

Jane via email