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Our cowardly leaders are being cowed into submission by threats of a ''financial bomb'' going off in Dublin if we do not pay the Anglo Irish bondholders.

Do we have any decent politicians left? With the guts and backbone who will stand up for Ireland and shout STOP? We can't take any more.

We must Vote NO in any referendum on the euro or Europe and go back to the punt linked to sterling and stand with our close ally, Britain. It's time we grew up and stopped this ''old enemy'' business. We have more in common with Britain than we do with Merkozy and Co.

Ann Brennan
Mooncoin, Co Kilkenny

Irish Independent