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Letters: Let's keep it simple on the big referendum debate

On my travels I once met an Australian millionaire and asked him if he had any particular policy to attaining wealth. He replied that he used the 'K.i.s.s.' policy, meaning 'Keep it simple stupid'. I now apply that policy to the referendum debate.

1) I believe it is an accepted fact that parents have a responsibility to put their own family first, then - if they wish - they can assist others, where possible. Now, it behoves any government to apply this same principle - ie: employ its bona fide citizens first, then employ others that have the necessary qualifications to carry out the duties required.

2) Governments of whatever country are elected by the citizens that live in it. Governments are then obliged to make laws to satisfy the demands of its citizens; these same laws only applying to their country and not intended to be overridden by any collection of foreign nations.

3) Britain's welfare system is the envy of the world - its financial benefit system, free health service, free legal aid, statutory protective employment laws, to name but a few. All have been created by the sacrifices of the taxpaying British people.

4) The homes of British people are protected by law. One cannot trespass on their home, or land, or take possession illegally. The same laws should - must - apply to all the countries that make up the British Isles.

In conclusion: David Cameron claims that he has made changes to Britain's membership of the European Union - changes that will benefit Britain.

David Cameron was fortunate to be born never knowing what it was like to be hungry. And, like a family's responsibility to put their children first, he is protecting the family of the super-rich, whose desire is to get richer at the expense of other "human resources".


Kircubbin, Co Down

Squandering of EU cash over the years shocking

Readers may be aware of the considerable media frenzy over the impending EU referendum.

Many column inches seem to be devoted to the hokey-cokey, in-out policies of the various parties, causing even more confusion for the electorate.

In the Second World War the British Savings Committee ran a campaign using a character called the squander bug to discourage wasteful spending.

It would appear Northern Ireland has a bad infection of squander bug — judging by the vast amount of EU money wasted over the years. For example, those recent daft public realm schemes and community relations projects.

It would have been more prudent to use this money for improving existing infrastructure such as roads and transport.

For example, Strangford Lough could have had a suspension bridge constructed by now to replace the clapped-out ferry service, which would improve access for residents and visitors — especially to allow access to an acute hospital a mere 10 miles away, instead of more than 30 miles to Dundonald.


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Backers of Brexit trading on fear

The leaders of the campaign to leave the European Union say that the argument for staying is based on fear.

A few conversations with ordinary people on each side show that those who want to stay in the EU are not afraid of people who speak other languages, are not afraid that if a foreigner lives here an indigenous person will lose their job or their house, are not afraid that every desperate refugee is a terrorist and are not afraid to believe that it is possible for 28 countries to be in a peaceful union and defend the interests of their own people while still respecting the rights of others.

They are also not afraid of saying that the EU is a very complicated and far from perfect organisation, but the countries in it are much stronger together than they would be apart.

Those who want to leave seem terrified that we aren’t strong enough to maintain our independence while also working with others.

But we are actually quite good at that, having transformed an Empire into a voluntary Commonwealth and fought with allies in the many European wars that are — thankfully — now a thing of the past.


Hypocrite Nelson getting shirty on 1916 is pathetic

Maybe last Thursday was a light day for important news, but it beggars belief that the main story on your front page was Nelson McCausland’s outburst in protest at the FAI’s decision to use shirts commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising (News, March 3).

He says that the “uncritical endorsement of the Easter rebellion reinforces a republican narrative”.

I’ve got news for Mr McCausland: (a) it has sweet FA(I) to do with him, and (b) love or hate the Easter Rising, it’s a matter of history and, in a free country (which I believe Ireland to be), people are entitled to commemorate historical events if they wish.

God knows, people like Mr McCausland have been commemorating the Battle of the Boyne for 300-plus years — an uncritical endorsement reinforcing a Protestant narrative if ever there was one.



Omagh families must not despair

My heart goes out to relatives of victims of the Omagh bomb.

I urge them not to give up hope — even after 18 years of disappointments.

All they need is for those responsible for this tragedy to be brave enough to admit to his/her/their involvement in this terrible deed and make their peace with God at the same time.


Ballynahinch, Co Down

Police killing of dog a disgrace

It's outrageous Welsh police think that driving into a dog is an acceptable way to deal with an animal running loose.

This could just as easily have been a frightened human being, or someone mentally ill. These officers need a course in humane animal control if they believe crushing a dog under a vehicle was their best option.


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