Friday 20 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'EU leaders should ‘Brexit off’ and leave Britain in peace'

The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier. Photo: PA
The EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier. Photo: PA
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob (Irish Independent, Letters, September 7) was spot on about why Brexit was won by the Leave campaigners – migration being one important issue. I remember Britain pre-EU.

We joined the then-EEC in 1973 for what seemed a good idea. Indeed, 67pc of the electorate voted Remain at the 1975 referendum.

Since then, Europe has been dominated by Brussels and unaccountable Eurocrats burgeoning into every aspect of independent European nations whose own cultures and identities are being merged into one.

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Indeed, Ireland lost its beloved punt for the wretched euro in the process, ditto the French franc, German mark and Spanish peseta, to name but a few.

A second binding In/Out EU referendum should be called as soon as possible – I’d vote out again. I abhor the word ‘Brexit’, which represents division and uncertainty.

I wish that all those immature UK politicians and meddling European leaders would ‘Brexit off’ and leave the rest of us in peace.

Saint Patrick rid Ireland of its serpents; he is sorely needed to rid Westminster of its political vipers, too, who inject venom into every aspect of public life. If I were Irish, Scottish or Welsh (I’m English) I would not want to be in a political union with England ruled by an unelected sovereign of 67 years standing. Saint Patrick – we’re waiting for you.

Dominic Shelmerdine
London, UK

In the UK, Labour is now the party of the clueless

At least the choice will be clear at the next British general election.

If you want Brexit: vote Conservative.

If you want to Remain: vote Lib Dem.

If you haven’t a clue: vote Labour.

Dr John Doherty
Stratford-upon-Avon, UK

Cutting charges would reduce the illegal dumping of waste

The actions of ‘Pure’ (Protecting Uplands and Rural Environments) and other groups in tacking illegal dumping is commendable and deserves recognition and accolade. (‘In our nature? #Sorrymehole and our fondness for fly-tipping’, Review, Irish Independent, September 9).

In order to finally get to grips with this very dangerous problem, it is necessary to address the elephant in the room: the high cost of accessing waste services for citizens.

Addressing that issue would greatly reduce the amount of waste finding its way into the environment.

Indeed, the policy document that informs current Government policy on waste, ‘A Resource Opportunity-Waste Management Policy in Ireland, 2012-2020’, pledges to introduce a waiver scheme during its lifetime.

The Environmental Protection Agency also recognised the serious dangers where accessibility to services is a problem and included in its Protection of the Environment Act 2003 a legal provision, specifically Section 53, regarding the waiving by local authorities of all or part of a waste charge on the grounds of personal hardship.

The problem is that this provision is not mandatory; it is at the discretion of the local authority.

Perhaps Pure might consider campaigning to have Section 53 mandatory which would reduce the burden on its volunteers considerably and might very well hasten the day when their volunteerism in this particular area is no longer required, allowing them to focus their highly valued civic altruism elsewhere.

Jim O’Sullivan
Rathedmond, Co Sligo

Mnangagwa will leave legacy more horrific than Mugabe

Robert Mugabe’s legacy is nothing good but a book of his ruthlessness as a dictator who terrorised his own people and brought Zimbabwe to its knees.

He left a legacy of poverty and caused economic meltdown, which then caused mass exodus of citizens into neighbouring South Africa.

He is the author of xenophobia as Zimbabweans had to migrate in thousands, causing significant unrest for South African nationals.

However, alongside Mugabe’s regime was his right-hand man, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who took over from him through a coup. He referred to Mugabe as his mentor and indeed, he is worse than the mentor.

Emmerson Mnangagwa has killed citizens using the army, silenced all opposition and activists by randomly arresting them and has refused to let any form of demonstration take place.

It is shocking to say Zimbabwe is open for business, yet the country goes for 19 hours a day without electricity. Surely Emmerson Mnangagwa’s legacy will surpass that of Mugabe.

Esther Tafadzwa Munyira
Middlesbrough, UK

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