Wednesday 21 August 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Brexiteers have declared war on democracies of the EU'

A Brexit supporter outside Westminster in London. Photo: PA
A Brexit supporter outside Westminster in London. Photo: PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Dr D R Cooper (Irish Independent, Letters, June 26), writing from England, makes a comparison of the Brexit logjam centred on the ‘Irish backstop’ to the Mongol invasion of Europe in the 14th century.

If we think of the Brexiteers, who have declared economic war on the rest of Europe, as being the equivalent of the Mongols there might be more to the comparison than we might realise.

The present debate on Brexit in the parliament in Westminster and in the London media is just a continuation of the decades-long anti-EU propaganda war by the London media.

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It shows the contempt Brexiteers have for the people of the rest of Europe and especially for the citizens of this democratic republic and former colony.

The EU is the most advanced effort at international co-operation in the world.

It is made up of nearly 30 democracies in a continent which was reduced to ruin by imperial/totalitarian wars for centuries.

Brexit is, therefore, one of the most significant political declarations made in Europe since World War II.

One of the members of the EU, which is also one of the most powerful and richest countries in the world, has declared economic war on nearly 30 other European democracies with which it had signed a treaty to co-operate in matters of mutual interest.

Brexit is also significant since it virtually tore up an international agreement – the Good Friday Agreement – the UK signed with a former colony to draw a line under the colonial past.

As a result, Brexit threatens to reimpose the land Border in Ireland. Statements of these facts by the Irish is designated as “nonsense” by Dr Cooper. The more this contemptuous anti-EU and anti-Irish debate goes on in the UK the more indefensible Brexit is seen to be.

A Leavy

Sutton, Dublin 13


Holmes, Ali, Tyson would all have thumped Gerry Cooney

I read with interest Steve Bunce’s article on Gerry Cooney. However, I disagree totally – I stayed up all night to watch that fight.

Larry Holmes was the most under-rated and one of the most dominant heavyweight champions of all time! He never received due credit because he went from being Muhammad Ali’s sparring partner to ending his career.

Holmes was far superior to the ‘Great White Dope’, who in fairness beat guys way past their best. Mike Tyson would have knocked him out in 30 seconds. He wouldn’t have lived with Lennox Lewis.

Holmes won his first 48 fights in a row and completely dominated the division. He was absolutely cheated out of two one-sided victories over Michael Spinks who tried to run away from Tyson in the ring.

Larry was clever too. He was into construction and after he first stopped fighting he would return if he needed a financial boost.

He fought Tyson when Iron Mike was at his peak and Larry was well past his.

The old fox showboated like Ali at the start but inevitably the younger gladiator hit him hard.

I always remember thinking that Larry weighed up the possibility of competing or further pain... and wisely took the count. Unlike many of his true rivals, Holmes got out of the sport before he suffered permanent damage.

Whereas I have the utmost respect for Gerry Cooney for battling his personal demons, for me he was nowhere near the level of Holmes, Ali, Frazier, Foreman or Ken Norton at his peak.

The record shows he wasn’t.

Mike Geraghty



What’s more important, the people or the newspapers?

Has most of the Irish print media and its columnists forgotten the British people had a vote which makes Brexit the only reality, or is the opinion of their newspapers more important?

Robert Sullivan

Bantry, Co Cork


Like all great teams, the Dublin bubble will burst

Eamonn Sweeney makes the point the Leinster football championship is now dead because Dublin are so dominant. He has suggested that Dublin will have to be split up.

So Eamonn would prefer to see two mediocre teams from Dublin playing in the championship rather than witness arguably the greatest Gaelic football team of all time plying their silken skills? That would certainly make the championship more competitive but far less skilful.

No great team goes on forever and this Dublin side are no different. If you really want to burst their bubble a bit sooner, then simply get rid of Jim Gavin. He is the best manager in the country.

John O’Connor

Raheny, Dublin 5

Irish Independent

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