The Spectator

Letters | 5 May 2016

Plus: Cameron and Scotland; Chernobyl deaths; EU and environment; Algy Cluff; what would Larkin write?

The EU gravy train

Sir: Despite his splendid forename, your deputy editor Freddy Gray has a very tenuous grasp of human nature. Having accurately detected a simmering voter mutiny across much of Europe and the UK, he decrees that those heartily sick and tired of being constantly lied to and thus treated with contempt by the EU gravy-train-riding establishments must be either extreme right-wing or mad (‘A right mess’, 30 April). Actually, we are neither.

Does he really believe it to be coincidental that 95 per cent of the UK establishment (there are still a few good ’uns in the mix) are screaming, desperate that their gravy train not be derailed by mere electors? The EU is the biggest taxpayer-funded free ride in the world, and there is nothing right-wing or insane in deciding enough is enough.

Finally, is it not odd that the same faces and the same voices warned us that we would face disaster unless we abolished the pound sterling and adopted the euro? The Remain campaign of today is the same tripe we were fed back then.
Frederick Forsyth

Beaconsfield, Bucks

Cameron’s Scottish absence

Sir: The Prime Minister’s decision not to make an appearance on behalf of the Scottish Conservatives during this Scottish parliamentary election is extremely disappointing. I wonder if this was his idea? Either way, it doesn’t look good. Of course, it takes a good deal of moral courage, not to say a thick skin, to take on the SNP bully boys. But can you imagine Boris Johnson being afraid to take on the challenge?

David Cameron has been a godsend of a Prime Minister in these difficult economic times. But electing to stay away from the Scottish election plays beautifully to the SNP’s separatist agenda. We voted by a good margin to stay part of the United Kingdom in September 2014.

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