It’s time to back Britain and avoid battleground
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