Thursday 19 September 2019

Letters to the Editor: 'SF MPs should cross their fingers and swear the oath'

'As a republican, I would be very pleased if a Sinn Féin MP could - in the UK parliamentary chamber - call for a referendum on the monarchy' (stock photo)
'As a republican, I would be very pleased if a Sinn Féin MP could - in the UK parliamentary chamber - call for a referendum on the monarchy' (stock photo)
Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

I agree with John Jennings and Rosie Cargin (Letters, September 4).

Although a strong Brexit supporter who voted for Boris Johnson in the Tory leadership election, I find it unsettling millions of Britons are against leaving the European Union.

I have no objection to another referendum on the issue. However, if Brexiteers win again – even by the same margin – the Remainers must accept the result and move on.

Sinn Féin’s Westminster MPs, too, should cross their fingers, swear on oath to an unelected monarch and exploit the system in Parliament.

As a republican, I would be very pleased if a Sinn Féin MP could – in the UK parliamentary chamber – call for a referendum on the monarchy.

As Nicola Sturgeon is fighting for Scotland, Mary Lou McDonald should use her power and press her case in the so-called ‘Mother of Parliaments’ which, in reality, is no bastion of democracy at all.

I can quite happily live in an independent England, preferably with an elected head of state.

Dominic Shelmerdine

London, UK

Theresa May should sing this Brexit lullaby for Boris

BELOW is the first verse of an old Jim Reeves song Theresa May could send to Boris:

Welcome to my world/

Won’t you come on in?/

Miracles, I guess/

Still happen now and then.

Aidan Hampson

Artane, Dublin 5

Johnson like Nero as he leads us all into fire of his making

WE ARE all too aware of the fact Boris Johnson tries to believe he is the second coming of his hero, Winston Churchill.

Far from being like his erstwhile hero, who in truth is highly over-rated, he is much like Nero as all around him burns.

The real problem is one of failing to give any credence to the fact the referendum was “won” by lying to the electors.

Despite this, Boris and his yes-men are trying to persuade whatever thinking people are left in the UK that giving up the best trade deals they will ever have (in the EU) is a great idea. Good luck with that.

In reality, the issue is immigration and even here BoJo is wrong.

If he can stop immigration, how will the NHS, service industry and horticulture survive? What a collection of clowns.

David Ryan

Co Meath

Uncle Sam would do better if he kept his counsel to himself

UNCLE Sam telling the EU and Ireland to negotiate with the British “in good faith” smells of rank hypocrisy.

Liam Power

Dundalk, Co Louth

Forestation a case of not seeing the woods for the trees

I’VE waited a long time for someone to call a halt to all this talk of planting more forests in Ireland, quoting figures like 69pc of Sweden and 72pc of Finland.

What they don’t say is these countries are huge in comparison and the areas covered in “all” these trees have none too few people.

Massive forestry in Ireland would be an environmental disaster. Rows and rows of monotonous trees is the loneliest landscape one could envisage. Its all very well for a poet to talk of “wavering pines” but back he goes to his couch in “vacant and pensive” mood while we are left to live with them.

Forests are a dark and eerie landscape with only the sky visible above them. They are not at all Center Parcs with tropical pools. Let no one tell you they are beautiful. They are not. Small groves and hedgerows are.

What of the striking landscape of the Sugar Loaf and other similar places with its wild gorses and coloured heathers. Is all that to be replaced by trees? So could we please get realistic? We have a beautiful country.

Let’s keep it that way.

Joan Farrell

Mullingar, Co Westmeath

No Corkman has called for the splitting of Co Kerry

A LEAVY (Letters, September 4) debunks his own contention that population determines success in sports in his call to divide Dublin.

He tells us “Kilkenny has a population of less than a hundred thousand”, failing, it seems, to notice they dominate the hurling world despite the sparsity of population.

He also fails to explain how Kerry has won more All-Irelands than anyone else with a population not much higher than Kilkenny.

Kerry also dominate the Munster championship despite being outnumbered five to one by Corkonians. Ever hear a Corkman calling for the splitting of Kerry?

Jim O’Sullivan

Rathedmond, Co Sligo

Irish Independent

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