It’s time to back Bri­tain and avoid bat­tle­ground

Coventry Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

AT the start of World War Two, my Dad joined the army, he was 19.

He was in Africa and Italy. He joined the para­chute reg­i­ment when it was first formed and was at Pe­ga­sus Bridge and Arn­hem where, badly wounded, he and oth­ers stayed to de­fend the po­si­tion to cover the re­treat.

They were out­num­bered 200 to one, and when the am­mu­ni­tion ran out they threw bricks and any­thing they could lay their hands on at the Ger­mans. Then he spent the rest of the war in a pris­oner of war camp.

The point to this story was summed up very nicely by an old sol­dier who was col­lect­ing money for the Poppy Ap­peal and was ver­bally abused by a young lady.

His re­ply of “you have a right to your opin­ion, but re­mem­ber we fought and a lot died to give you the right to that opin­ion”.

An­other equally great man said: “Ask not what your coun­try can do for you, but what you can do for your coun­try.”

Let’s back Bri­tain be­fore it be­comes the bat­tle for Bri­tain. Gra­ham West Nuneaton

Work to­gether for the best deal

WHEN the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, with his busi­ness back­ground, feels it nec­es­sary to pro­nounce on the process of chang­ing our re­la­tion­ship with our Euro­pean neigh­bours, I sug­gest that we should all pay at­ten­tion. He is rightly con­cerned that the ad­ver­sar­ial ap­proach that has been preva­lent for the year since the ref­er­en­dum is dan­ger­ously di­vid­ing our pol­i­tics and our so­ci­ety. Far from go­ing into the ne­go­ti­at­ing cham­ber stronger as a re­sult, he is con­cerned that our side will be weak­ened by not hav­ing ac­tively con­sulted a wide range of in­ter­ests in form­ing its strat­egy. The Arch­bishop’s pro­posal is to set up a com­mis­sion to work through the dif­fer­ences that ex­ist in the coun­try, and reach as far as pos­si­ble a com­monly agreed po­si­tion, be­fore our ne­go­tia­tors take it for­ward.

This would all be un­der the author­ity of Par­lia­ment, and would need to be cross-party in com­po­si­tion, in or­der to be ef­fec­tive. And no, dear Brex­i­teers, this is not an­other way of wast­ing time, but of en­sur­ing that the out­come of this mo­men­tous process is not a botched job that comes back to haunt our chil­dren and grand­chil­dren in decades to come.

It was pleas­ing that a sim­i­larly con­cil­ia­tory tone was set in the re­cent Queen’s Speech, and I look for­ward to the out­come. Mervyn Leah Rugby

Vi­tal health and safety been ig­nored

IT would ap­pear with­out any doubt that cladding on high-rise build­ings in many towns and cities has not been fit for pur­pose.

Health and safety is vi­tal and has been ig­nored for fi­nan­cial rea­sons by many op­er­a­tors in the UK. Ian Har­ris Rad­ford

The Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, Justin Welby

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