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Dr Kelly detached from real reasons for Brexit

Published 12/10/2016

I WAS disgusted by the insulting attitude of Dr Tom Kelly (Comment, October 6) towards Prime Minister Theresa May, the English generally and all those who voted for Brexit.

His bizarre and nonsensical claim that the Brexit vote was driven by "the narrow agenda of English nationalism" and "English and imperial nationalism" show it is he, rather than the Prime Minister, who is detached from the real reasons why so many people voted as they did.

Oh, and then there's the little matter of the majority of Welsh voters opting to leave the EU. But as that might spoil his brainwashing effort, Dr Kelly conveniently omits to mention this.

There are uncertainties ahead, but there is no reason to believe, at this early stage, that the issues he highlights, such as a "hard" border, will materialise.

I voted to leave the EU, as I believe, in the long term, we will be better off without its bureaucratic and wasteful practices. However, I have every respect for those who are fearful of leaving and voted to Remain.

Despite no doubt genuine fears, Dr Kelly and others need to act as democrats and, instead of seeking to insult and undermine the Government, work with all those working for an outcome that will be beneficial for Ireland (north and south), England, Scotland and Wales.

EVAN BINGHAM

Belfast

The Republic has never cared for NI's majority

IT surprises me, in the wake of the Brexit vote, how many times I've heard commentators point out that the majority in Northern Ireland voted to stay in the EU and that they shouldn't be forced out against their will.

What baffles me is: when did anyone in the Republic start caring what the majority in NI wanted?

It has been the official policy of our country to ignore the wishes of the majority since before the inception of the state, maintaining a constitutional claim of sovereignty over the region until less than 20 years ago, questioning both the legitimacy of NI's existence and rights of the majority to decide anything.

We won't even call it by its name, only ever (condescendingly) referring to it as 'the north'.

The British Government has constantly ignored the wishes of the majority in Ulster, arguably since Winston Churchill offered Irish unity if Eire joined the war, but certainly since enforcing direct rule at the beginning of the Troubles, preventing the majority from governing themselves and forcing through policies such as Sunningdale and the Anglo-Irish Agreement, despite vocal (and violent) opposition of the majority.

I was always led to believe that, be it in flags, or anthems, marches, schools, sports, justice, gay marriage, terrorism, history, government formation or a hundred other issues, the views of the minority in NI took precedence over those of the majority.

If not, well then I guess the Irish government will be supporting all measures in which the majority expresses a view and we can all look forward to end of power-sharing, the removal of the Irish language from schools and God Save the Queen being sung before all Ireland rugby matches.

PETER COSGROVE

Wellingtonbridge, Co Wexford

Athletes chose to run for another country

I THINK it is petulant and disrespectful to the UK for two Northern Ireland athletes, Michael McKillop and Jason Smyth, to represent another nation, fly another flag and sing another anthem and then expect to be treated as heroes and victors in a country they competed against (News, October 10).

PETER BOOTH

Manchester

Only thieves to blame for horrible Kim attack

I WAS surprised to hear Paris police state that Kim Kardashian may have made herself a target for robbery by posting pictures of her jewellery collection, worth millions of dollars, on social media. It seems they are suggesting she contributed to her being robbed.

Surely, the only ones to blame are the thieves who broke into her apartment, terrorised her and stole her jewellery?

She expressed the fear she was about to be raped, which, thankfully, didn't happen. If she had been thus attacked, would the police have suggested she made herself a target because of the stream of 'sexy' pictures she posts on social media?

Surely, a woman not only has the right to dress as she pleases, but also to wear jewellery and to post pictures of herself online without being attacked or robbed?

NICK FOLLEY

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