Letters, Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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It is time to regain borders to country

THE latest figures of EU migrants accepted into the UK in 2011 shows that more than twice as many chose the UK over fifth placed France.

 This was after other countries opened their doors to workers from Eastern Europe.

 Despite the Coalition Government pledging to cut numbers coming into the country, their hands are tied by EU legislation.

 Even the Swiss have realised that they no longer want this unstoppable flow.

 The amount of immigrants coming to this country is greater at any time in history for nearly 1,000 years. This has put great strain on infrastructure, education, NHS, Police etc.

 This can only be halted when our country puts a stop to this madness.

 The country needs to start stricter criteria with regard to immigrants with a points systems as used in other saner countries.

 The country should be in charge of its own legislation and finance, unlike at the moment where EU bureaucrats pass up to 75 per cent of laws.

 Think long and hard on how you place your vote. Do you really want more of the same old politics or do you want a new, fresh, commonsense approach that is more in line with your thinking?

 The old politics have failed time and time again. This can be changed. Vote for the party of commonsense. It is time to regain control of our country and

borders.

Bryan G Foster

Keep dream alive

THE warning to the Scots by Mick Brown (February 23) on the perils lying in wait should they vote for independence this September misses, however, the most alarming element – the loss of Britain’s best curlers, who all seem to be Scots.

 This would be terrible for people like me, who love the scintillating duels on ice. Just think, GB would lose two sorely-needed medals at subsequent Winter Olympics.

 It would be back to the triple axel, double toe-loop, the lutz etc and we all know our skaters are not up for it, barring a 20-year exception.

 I hope the Scots opt to keep with the rest of the UK and keep our Olympic dreams alive.

RW Stothard,

Offerton

Dubious accolade

MRS Matthews triumphantly announces (February 14) that Margaret Thatcher was named in a poll as the world’s most influential woman – as if that were confirmation of whatever she’s saying about the Iron Lady.

 But polls are strange things. Ask the general public who their favourite politicians or actors are, and you might end up with bizarre results. A few years ago people were asked to name who they thought was the greatest musical figure of all time.

 In the final list, Robbie Williams appeared one place higher than Mozart.

 I rest my case. I realise I’ve gone and upset Robbie’s fans as well as Lady Thatcher’s.

 But surely Robbie was embarrassed to end up ahead of the divine Wolfgang Amadeus?

H Whipple,

Washington