YEP Letters: June 28

FAMOUS QUOTE: Remember to heed John Lennon's words of advice.
FAMOUS QUOTE: Remember to heed John Lennon's words of advice.
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Life is still beautiful outside EU!

Ernest Lundy, by email

You know, in spite of all the kerfuffle about the referendum and the outlandish comments made by supporters of both sides on social media and elsewhere nothing seems to have changed.

The sun is still shining, the birds still sing, and I have the prospect of going to watch a bowling match at the local club, where I’ll meet many friends. And although my car is out of commission and I’ll have to walk, the world is still a wonderful place. In addition my big sis has brought me a prepared dinner to enjoy on my return and it’s usually very good.

Wake up, you folks, and smell the coffee! Things could be much worse! What was it John Lennon said? “Life is what we do while we are busy making other plans.” If you get my meaning, and John’s. How right he was!

MPs need to act quickly in our interests

Roderic Parker, LS17

“It’s going to be a long, long, bumpy ride.” (YEP comment, June 27.) Very well expressed but, sadly, too true.

Can we now ask our MPs to act quickly and decisively in the interests of the nation and not of the political parties? Yes, the two main parties have leadership issues to contend with, but the referendum campaign has shown up the huge gaps in our political estate, gaps and divisions whose healing are far more important.

May I suggest that MPs of all parties quickly pass an act to introduce elections to the House of Commons by proportional representation (a simple transferable vote system will suffice, even though not perfect), and then call an autumn general election using the new system.

We will then have a Commons much more representative of the people (unlike the present one), which can then be trusted far more to oversee the many difficult decisions that will have to be made over the next couple of years, decisions for which there are no constitutional precedents and little historical guidance.

Brexit voters will bear brunt

John M Collins, Alwoodley

Donna Hogan (YEP, June 25) notes that the universities voted to remain.

She does not ask why so many of the great university cities so voted – Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol, York, Leeds, and Newcastle, as well as London. They also include our great commercial cities, the centres of our national prosperity. People told me before the vote that they really did not understand the issues and that was confirmed by Debra Duffy, a community centre worker, in the same issue. All too often they were influenced by Ukip scaremongering about immigration.

Those who understood what was involved realised the great advantages we have enjoyed through the EU, rising from being the sick man of Europe and having to go cap in hand to the International Monetary Fund, as we were when and immediately after we joined what is now the EU, to being the fifth strongest economy in the world, and voted to remain.

More importantly, the whole of Scotland from Gretna Green to the Shetlands and Northern Ireland voted to remain.

Even more importantly, a large majority of all those who have been born in the 40 years since we voted two to one to go into Europe, voted to remain.

The decision, even overall, was by a narrow majority: if only two per cent had voted to remain rather than to leave, the result would have been different.

The result has not yet been disastrous, but the pound fell further than at any point since 1967, we have fallen to the sixth strongest economy and our credit rating has been reduced. Already businesses are talking of lost orders and lost orders may well mean lost jobs.

The economist Philip Aldrick has pointed out that the poorest off are those who most voted for Brexit and they will be the ones who will bear the brunt of the cost.

As Prime Minister Walpole said in a similar situation 300 years ago, “Today they are ringing their bells: soon they will be wringing their hands”.

If we can negotiate satisfactory terms for a new arrangement with Europe, well and good.

But if we cannot there must be another referendum before we break our links with our fellow Europeans.

This is not how democracy is

Derek Barker, Moortown

I read on the internet that an online petition to force Parliament to consider having another EU referendum has reached over three million signatures, on the grounds that the younger voters feel that their futures have been stolen from them and that some people have now changed their minds and want to vote to stay in the EU.

I think that someone should explain to these people that this is not how a democracy works.

If a political party wins a general election by one parliamentary seat and some members of the electorate complain that they had made a mistake and wanted to change their vote, we don’t hold another general election to accommodate their indecisiveness, once their vote is cast it is too late they can’t reverse their decision.

Some are complaining that they were persuaded to vote leave because the leave campaign lied.

On that basis we would be continually having general elections because every government we have had in this country over at least the last 40 years has been elected on what has later been proven to be false promises made during their election campaign. If you back the wrong horse, regardless of whether or not you believed a tipster, you can’t ask for your money back.

People should accept result

Martin J Phillips, Cookridge

So the lion (and dragon) has roared and defied all the predictions and voted against the establishment to Leave the EU. The result has laid bare the fact that politicians – particularly those of the Labour party – are completely out of touch with grass roots supporters.

Despite the Remainians using tax-payers money to fund their campaign, most of the media clearly supporting the Remain camp and all sorts of apocalyptic warnings being issued to scare those considering a Leave vote, the public used their democratic right to defy the odds.

In the aftermath of the referendum result, the Remainians – with the help of the media – are trying to undermine this democratic decision and nullify the result. (Unlike the ‘first past the post’ system used in elections, the referendum was truly democratic.)

Pro-Remain politicians are coming up with all sorts of statistics saying which way various groups voted, e.g. 80 per cent of under 24s voted to remain, 75 per cent of Labour supporters voted to remain, etc... according to them nobody voted to Leave!

The sooner these people accept the result the sooner 
the Britain can become great again.

We voted for a better future

Geoff Holloran, Leeds 9

I was watching the television after it emerged we would be leaving the EU and a young lady being interviewed was asked for her thoughts on the result. She said that she thought that the vote had been swayed by mainly older voters and she felt that “they have taken away our futures”. The younger generation need to understand that older people who voted to leave did so after reflecting on what EU membership has meant to GB and what we were told it would mean. It turned out that the common market which we agreed to join turned into the EU, with unelected officials in Brussels taking more and more control and issuing directives, and with the EU’s free movement of people policy we have seen immigration spiral out of control to the point where is has become more and more difficult to get a doctor’s appointment or find a school place.

We were told by our Prime Minister and others that if we voted to leave we were risking our pensions being reduced, would start another world war and see the economy crash. Well guess what, we didn’t believe them.

We think that we live in the best country in the world and we will be able to have a sensible immigration policy and free trade agreements with European and other countries.

So I would like to say to all our young people that we have voted to leave for a better future for you and your children.

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