Lacking cogency and competence, the Government is going nowhere fast with its Brexit strategy. Whatever Theresa May says, leaving the EU with no deal is not a viable option.
At what point does the Prime Minister decide to put the national interest before party political considerations and fundamentally reconsider her approach? Greater honesty about the likely impacts of Brexit would be a good start.
Nothing about Brexit is the incontrovertible, settled will of the British people; fewer than 38 per cent of the electorate actively voted for it in the referendum. As with any divorce, people can change their minds at any time before the decree absolute.
Only ideologues are seeking a hard Brexit. But you have to wonder how many of them will actually stick around to pick up the pieces if the British lion then turns out to have a bad case of roar-inhibiting laryngitis?
Professor Charlotte Roueché [Letters, October 13] claims “that 52 per cent of the electorate voted against” remaining in the EU. The actual percentage of the electorate that voted for Brexit was 37 per cent, which is hardly a majority of anything, and, as a consequence, the real majority of us are being railroaded into something we are actively against.
Whatever this is, the result certainly was not democratic. First past the post always delivers the greatest minority in government, permanently disenfranchising the majority of us. Only changing the system would provide a fair and democratic result.
Your editorial [Comment, October 13], by calling hardline Brexiteers ideologues, stands the facts on their head. The ideologues are the Remainers who wish to see the UK continue to be subsumed into a European super-state, one whose contempt for democracy is shown by the EU’s failure to condemn the Spanish police for attacking innocent civilians trying to vote.
What on earth is ideological about simply wanting to get control of one’s country back?
With the Brexit debacle showing no signs of improvement or positive progression, what we are seeing demonstrated is a lack of strategic negotiating skills and the cross-cultural sensitivity required for such an important national issue.
However, every cloud has a silver lining, and one can only hope we are learning some important lessons from the failings of this disastrous and rather embarrassing attempt to leave the EU.
I foresee these skills coming to some use in the future when we try to “buy back” in.
Our public services need more
For seven years the Government has inflicted pay cuts on public-sector workers across the country. Yet these are part of a wider context of cuts on our most valuable public services.
Realising the futility of their decision, ministers have suggested the pay cap may be eased. They have not, however, confirmed whether this will be joined with a much-needed fresh injection of cash into our schools, hospitals and emergency services.
It is imperative that the Government not only lifts the public-sector pay cap, but also starts to properly fund our great public services as a matter of urgency.
Cllr Jun Bo Chan, Brent council (Lab)
Lucy Masoud, firefighter
Dr Tom Dolphin, GP
Danielle Tiplady, nurse
War victims' graves are being re-used
Your article on the re-use of graves in Camberwell only illustrates a small part of this London-wide issue [October 13].
Graves of Blitz victims have already been overfilled and re-used at New Southgate. The City of London Cemetery in the east of the city has already re-used 1,500 graves. Graves are under threat at Manor Park cemetery, including many from the Columbia Market air-raid shelter disaster on the first day of the Blitz.
Should the war graves of civilians, as listed at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, not also be respected like those of the military?
More exhibition changes, please
Like Andrew Marr, I regret that the Scottish National Gallery’s True to Life exhibition will not travel down to London. But Edinburgh has sent part of the excellent Burrell Collection down to London for the Drawn in Colour Degas exhibition, and the Beyond Caravaggio exhibition just closed in Edinburgh, where it had travelled from London’s National Gallery.
There should be more exchanges, starting with the Ed Ruscha exhibition, please.
Met ruling is a licence to burgle
As a retired police officer and lifetime Londoner, I was appalled to hear that the Met is no longer investigating “low-level” crime, including burglary.
Quite how burglary can be viewed as unworthy of investigation is beyond me. It is a devastating crime, and victims not only need support and reassurance, they also need advice to prevent it happening again.
What about shopkeepers, who are already plagued by thieves and anti-social behaviour? Have we reached a stage where thugs can walk into a shop and take whatever they want?
The public understands the damage the Government’s cuts have had on policing. However, if this policy is implemented, public confidence will wane and a significant gulf will develop between the Met and the people of London, who will rightly feel less secure.
Hilton has ability to see both sides
I am delighted that your columnist Anthony Hilton has been nominated as Economics Writer of the Year.
It is interesting to read gloomy articles about how Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour Party will be dangerous for Britain’s economy, before turning to Hilton in the Business section explaining how it wouldn’t be so bad, and how after years of short-termism and lack of investment in skills by business, nationalisation might be better.
I hope Hilton wins — and perhaps Corbyn too.
A correction on the history of Cyprus
In response to Tim Cooper’s article [“Another view: why family holidays are always stressful”], I would like to highlight the misleading reference in it regarding Turkish-Cypriot history.
Turkey does not “own Northern Cyprus” but invaded that part of the Republic of Cyprus with two illegal invasions in 1974, keeping to this day — under invasion and continued occupation — 37 per cent of the territory of the Republic of Cyprus.