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Example of destruction

Two hugely successful businesses completely dominate the lucrative manufacture of aeroplanes across the world – Airbus in the EU, and Boeing in the USA.

It is impossible to exaggerate their present ascendancy over any rivals, so that other countries such as Russia and China cannot begin to compete with them on the world stage.

But Britain is now forcing the EU to the huge expense of reorganising Airbus over time, to shut down all the large facilities in North Wales and sack the expert employees there, to transfer the whole manufacture, train a new work force, to a different EU country, because Airbus is an EU project.

This is what Brexit has chosen to reject. This is only the most obvious of all the consequences of Brexit in destroying British industry, and the prosperity of the whole region which previously had depended on it. The future of Airbus serves as one clear example of Brexit demolishing Britain’s economy.

But what is most interesting is to listen to Brexit supporters, whose wisdom extends to, ‘I cannot see any difference between a Soft Brexit and a Hard Brexit’ and ‘Why do they not just get on with it?’

There are millions of them, who have no concept whatever of what is involved, proud to declare loudly that they cannot see any problem, and their populist ignorance is what determines the destiny of nations.

But there are very clever Tory politicians like David Davies MP, who greatly favours Brexit. Do you not think that David has a duty to mention the future of Airbus? Does not David’s complete silence on the issue, make you suspect unworthy motives?

As for our Prime Minister, with nothing but silly, repeated slogans, she will blame the EU for the industrial destruction which we have created in the UK, and the media will praise her.

NEVILLE WESTERMAN, Meadow Rise, Brynna, Wales

EU has come at a cost

In all honesty, over the many years of my humble contributions to these pages, have I any recollection of using the word remoaners or the term leftie loonies?

I will leave that to the ‘get Bill Williams’ dissenters to prove me wrong. If so, I apologise profusely. 

Regarding using the term European Disunion, I plead guilty. We all remember the days of our wonderful holidays in Europe and the lovely people we met on these travels, as I do, before the Disunion turned it into a cesspit of anarchy, poverty and mass unemployment. Not to mention unwanted immigration from different cultures to the European Christian main stream. It is not a union but a clear political disunion to line the pockets of its creators against the will of the people.

I challenge anyone of any political view or religion on these pages to explain to me in clear terms why this Disunion has been allowed to destroy our greatest heritage as an island? To appease political correct foreign directives at cost to our own?

I refer in outrage to our brave men and women in the hardest and most dangerous job on the planet – our high sea trawler deck hands and captains, given away by elected British politicians on the altar of submission to the Disunion.

I await the replies to these pages with great interest.

BILL WILLIAMS, Merlin Way, Covingham, Swindon

Illegal Lawn dwellers

Re Gill Harris’ recent article concerning the illegally pitched tented homeless on the Lawn Estates.

The Lawn estate is for everyone’s enjoyment, not merely locals whom Gill Harris has taken upon herself to unfairly tag NIMBYS for complaining; perhaps they may be allowed to camp in her back garden? She might then qualify for a NIMBY badge herself.

While tucked up comfortably in her back garden ‘the thoroughly charming’ Lawn dwellers may even ‘throw the ball there for her dog.’

The point is they are breaking a bye-law, which forbids such. This, however, doesn’t seem to bother Ms Harris. Bye-laws exist for a reason.

Can Ms Harris advise us what to do should the situation change and far more homeless appear overnight (not impossible) with a Calais-type camp choking the Lawn Estate? Or, for example, the travellers who recently camped illegally at Lydiard Park and got away with it, courtesy of our cowardly council – as Des Morgan has so admirably shown. Will complainants qualify for NIMBYSHIP?

JEFF ADAMS, Bloomsbury, Swindon

Privatised decline

In reply to Steve Halden (May 13) may I add some further thoughts about the industrial decline that has devastated the British economy under various previous governments.

In 1963 Prime Minister Harold Macmillan accepted the Beeching Report. Dr Beeching was appointed chairman of British Rail in 1961. He decimated the railways by closing half the stations and closing a third of the total rail network lines.

In the 1980s Margaret Thatcher started closing some of the coal mines in Britain. The decline of the coal industry accelerated after the privatisation of coal by John Major in 1994.

In 1983 there were 174 coal mines in Britain and after a long programme of pit closures there are none. Coal production continues at a few open cast mines but all the pits are gone.

Britain still uses a lot of coal but this this is covered by imports. In Britain we have a long history of shutting down manufacturing industry and switching demand to cheaper imports.

In each individual case the closure could be justified on economic grounds. But when the closures are looked at in total they leave Britain over dependent on imports.

This movement towards imports has given Britain the worst trade deficit in the developed world.

TERRY HAYWARD, Burnham Road, Swindon