Ian Morley’s letter [“Farage backtracks on Brexit promise”, May 15] adopts the usual Remainer rhetoric. The Leave campaign argued that a deal would be secured since that was quite possible at the time. It rightly expected that the Government and Parliament would affect the result of the referendum.
In the event, Theresa May, the Remain-biased Parliament and the overwhelmingly Remain-biased civil service did everything they could to undermine the referendum result.
Thus May offered the European Union £39 billion and agreed that we wouldn’t really leave the EU at all. Had Nigel Farage been conducting the negotiations we would indeed have had a deal and would not be £39 billion the poorer for it.
You won’t be surprised to hear that I disagree. The betrayal narrative from Brexiteers has got ever more ridiculous. I’m not a fan of the PM but she is not to blame for the fact that the proposed Brexit deal falls short of what we were promised in the referendum, nor is Parliament, the civil service or the EU. Promises can’t be delivered because they’re undeliverable.
You can’t have the benefits of being in the EU, like free trade and an open border with Ireland, without costs. Until we confront that truth we’ll go round in circles, as new leaders are elected promising the impossible and then fall when they can’t deliver.
George Osborne, Editor
Back Heathrow is way off-message
In Thursday’s Evening Standard, a letter from Parmjit Dhanda, executive director of the Back Heathrow campaign, claimed that “the enemy is carbon not aviation” [“Expand Heathrow in eco-friendly way,” May 16].
And as some kind of proof that things are OK, we were given the example of Heathrow electrifying its vehicle fleet and running on renewable energy.
Whatever one’s stance on the airport’s expansion, the comparison is rather like praising a weapons manufacturer for the conscience shown in removing components that pose a choking hazard.
Yes, aviation is not the enemy — the world’s data centres have similar emissions and do not get anything like as much attention. But it is condescending to assume that anyone worried about the environmental and climate impacts of Heathrow’s expansion had the cars on the tarmac and the lights in the terminals in mind.
Sustainability Analyst, Legal & General Investment Management
A Hammersmith Thames tunnel?
Thinking outside the box, there are options other than repair for Hammersmith Bridge. One possibility would be tunnelling under the river and linking up with the Hammersmith Flyover. This would give Hammersmith and Fulham Council a large land mass to develop. In fact, the bridge could then be turned into a pedestrian garden walkway.
When Notre-Dame caught fire, billionaires in France rushed to the damaged cathedral’s aid. This raises another possibility: where are the London billionaires ready to fund the bridge’s refurbishment or to dig tunnels to help retain this beautiful bridge?
Brexit could nuke fusion research
The holy grail of energy is nuclear fusion. Work has carried on over the last 30 years — and the general view is that it is some 50 years away from positive production — but lately, breakthroughs have been made in algorithms for its control, and could be available in the nearer future.
Currently, the largest fusion reactor in the world is in the UK — the Joint European Torus near Oxford. It is financed from the EU — but Brexit could bring our world leadership in this crucial energy development to an abrupt end.