Wednesday 23 October 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'Going to the polls is the UK’s only way out of this mess'

British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Getty
British Prime Minister Theresa May. Photo: Getty
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

Theresa May's pledge to resign if her deal is passed was an act of pure political desperation. It failed, so has she – she’s finished, whatever the outcome. The only way to resolve this mess is a general election and a second straight in/out Brexit referendum.

I would vote out again, and although Tory, I would vote for the Labour candidate in Kensington. Theresa May’s unholy alliance with the DUP must be ended at the polls and Brexit resolved either way, immediately thereafter. The so-called ‘Mother of Parliaments’ is an international laughing stock, a disgrace and an embarrassment.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, UK

Housing policy doesn’t help our international reputation

The People Before Profit, Labour Party and Sinn Féin have new allies in criticising current Government housing policy in supporting vulture funds in Ireland.

According to the Irish Independent (March 27), the UN special rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Leilani Farha wrote to the Government, accusing them of facilitating “the financialisation of housing” through preferential tax laws and weak tenant protection, among other measures.

“Almost overnight, multinational private equity and asset management firms like Blackstone have become the biggest landlords in the world purchasing thousands and thousands of units in America, Europe, Asia and Latin America,” the UN said.

Not only is our housing policy grouped with Asia and Latin America, our politicians have travelled around at taxpayers’ expense, hoping that Ireland will get a seat at the top table of the UN, only to find we don’t fit in.

Hugh Duffy Cleggan

Co Galway

In times of crisis, carbon taxes are last thing we need

With Brexit creating uncertain scenarios for Ireland’s future, the last thing we need are Fine Gael’s quadruple carbon taxes.

If Britain crashes out of the EU, things will go very badly for Ireland indeed, with forecasts of huge job losses, wage cuts and import/export problems.

Does the average consumer really need huge hikes in their heating bills? Do hauliers and farmers really need additional hikes at the fuel pumps, on top of all the problems a hard Brexit is likely to create? Some may argue hikes are necessary because of climate change, but climate change is already a fact, and it looks like most efforts now will be too little, much too late anyway.

In the meantime, people will have more immediate problems if they struggle with their mortgages, are unable to afford to commute, feed their families and keep their businesses open. Fine Gael prides itself on “navigating” Ireland out of the crash of 2008 – though it’s easy to go up when everyone is at rock-bottom. Is an uber-confident Fine Gael planning to precipitate a new crisis?

Nick Folley

Carrigaline, Co Cork

Questions must be asked over Sinn Féin’s role in Brexit

As we direct our ire towards the DUP, we should also peruse the stance of Sinn Féin, with its seven unoccupied seats at Westminster.

P Flanagan

Address with Editor

Dubious honours for May and key figures in North

As it now looks certain that Theresa May will be gone from No 10, and thus likely to be elevated to the “other place”, may I suggest  she be made a dame for her services to intransigence? While Queen Elizabeth is at it, might she also elevate the following:

Arlene Foster – services to the woodchip industry.

Ian Paisley Jr – services to the tourist industry.

Nigel Dodds and Sammy Wilson – services to the word “no”.

Can members of Sinn Féin (in the North) be elevated for their services to hypocrisy? Maybe they can take it as expenses.

David Ryan

Co Meath

Strong Europe exemplifies triumph over adversity

It is evident that Brexit has led to a fundamental splintering of British politics and that Theresa May has dealt with MPs in an arrogant and counterproductive manner.

Reflecting on past months, it is not difficult to see how the Leave campaign has lied and beaten the drums of what I call Europhobia to gain short-term popularity.

Europe has a fascinating story of resilience and astounding survival despite adversity. It has seen tales of death and debilitating diseases. It is time to realise that our strength lies in our unity with our European partners.

Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob

London, UK

Irish Independent

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