Opinon: Pro-EU lobby implementing 'Project Fear' on the public
In reply to Michael Lanagan (CT letters, March 10).
His first untrue statement was that “no country has ever left something like the EU” when in fact, Greenland did and are doing very nicely.
Another myth is that being in the EU safeguards jobs but over one million UK jobs have been lost since we joined The EU.
Whole industries have been wiped out, including ship building, train building, chemicals, textiles, mining, steel and chocolate, not to mention fishing and farming have suffered under the EU regulations.
Some argue that three to four million jobs depend on being in the EU when the reality is they depend on trade with the EU, which will not suffer.
It would be against EU and World Trade Organisation rules to enter into a trade war just because we left. Any such action would be illegal and worse for them as over five million jobs in France, Germany and elsewhere depend on trade with us.
They sell us £8.1billion a month more than we do to them. Another myth is that we are too small to compete alone outside the EU. Greenland has a population the size of Cheltenham and has it’s own seat on the WTO whereas while we are in the EU, we cannot make our own trade deals under the treaty of Rome.
The argument that large companies will leave or not come to the UK if we leave the EU is also untrue. Eleven major companies have said they will stay even if we leave the EU and three others, including Boring aircraft, have said they want to come here.
This just scrapes the surface of the myths the “project fear” side love to spread.
Henry Edwards, Chapelfields, Coventry
Once again we have proof that those entrusted to manage our services haved passed their use by date – this time by bragging about the new interchange for hospital bus users.
It is obvious that managers from University Hospital and Centro, ably supported by councillor John McNicholas, never use the service. Would they be prepared to share with smokers, some of whom drag hospital equipment with them?
This is the point where the system follows a common format. The hospital thanks those who do not smoke but ignore those who do.
The council thank those who pick up litter but ignore those who drop it. They thank drivers who obey speed limits but ignore those who exceed them, parked cars where they should not be etc, etc, etc.
Surely there will be some candidates standing at the forthcoming elections who are prepared to enforce their own rules over the whole city, not just the ‘showcase’ city centre.
Ralph Morris, Binley, Coventry
Pupils from Woodlands Academy, Broad Lane, Coventry protest at the plans to merge their school with Tile Hill Wood School.
I would like to add my support to the pupils, their parents, staff and Unison in their campaign to overturn the idiotic decision to close Woodlands school and integrate it with Tile Hill Wood Girl’s school.
I was at the school on the day it opened in 1954 along with other pupils from the Coventry Tec. and Templars School. We boys at that time, literally got down on our hands and knees to clear bricks and other rubble from the ploughed fields, which later became the school’s playing fields.
Playing fields that helped produce great rugby players such as Neil Back whose uncle Colin was in our form.
Moody Blues record producer Tony Clark, whom I studied Latin with, was also a pupil at Woodlands. There must be many more Woodlands boys that have gone on to do great things for our city since my time.
Coventry is striving to become a City of Culture and how does it go about attaining such a title? By closing down one of the first two comprehensive schools in Britain and possibly building houses on that hallowed turf which we old boys helped clear 62 years ago.
Peter Surtees, Bedworth
It just shows what this government thinks of us pensioners. To avoid so many immigrants coming into the country to pick fruit, they say pensioners could do it but be paid less than the minimum wage.
What arrogance – I don’t see them winning the next election.
J Young, Wyken, Coventry