I considered the suggestion by Will Hutton that a referendum on EU membership might be very motivating in 2029 (‘I was one of the millions who rejected Brexit.
“Comment, “I saw nothing here to change my mind.”).
I am 76, and maybe I will live long enough to vote to stay again, potentially leading to the UK joining the EU again.
Then I will die believing that the UK has come to its senses and that all the benefits of EU membership will be enjoyed by my grandchild. Virginia Brown Talgarth, Powys The Observer offered a helpful Brexit agreement review. The contract is actually a damage management deal, with the negative ones far outweighing the good ones. The death analogies of Fintan O’Toole – “funereal mode” and “moment of finality” (“So long, we’ll miss you – we Europeans see how much you’ve helped to shape us,” comment) – have been especially disheartening. But while death is final, it is certainly not irreversible to leave the EU, as Will Hutton cheerfully makes clear: if the fact of Brexit affects the personal circumstances of voters adversely, the atmosphere will inevitably change. One thing is inevitable: the referendum on EU membership in 2016 will not be the last. David NewensMilton KeynesThe thought-provoking “Adieu” to the EU by Tim Adams (“We’re out of the European Union. Just how did we get here? “, Focus) is a timely warning that earlier breaks with Europe, especially the 1533 schism with Rome, far from opening minds to a more cosmopolitan outlook, instead led to decades or centuries. Can we now expect other iconoclastic pogroms to remove all the signs and reminders of the EU’s presence in this country with the Erasmus scheme, which encourages inter-European learning, closed to British students, whether it be regional grants, arts funding or projects such as the European Capital of Culture or the Disabled Cities Award? Do the remaining 48 percent now foresee a fate comparable to that of the Tudor Resisters if they dare to express nostalgic thoughts about ending our 47-year membership of the EC/EU? Paul DolanNorthwich, CheshireSchande on the culprits in GoaThank you for drawing attention to the environmental destruction facing the forests of Goa (“Fury as Goa’s rare wildlife park faces invasion by rail and road,” World).)
For us in the West, it’s all too easy to wring our hands and then look the other way.
Instead, we should find out which of the coal and infrastructure projects in question are behind Western financial institutions.
Investment banks, pension funds, insurers and reinsurers are becoming more vulnerable to unsustainable transactions.
Lobby groups such as Greenpeace and Unfriend Coal do a decent job of pointing out the culprits and helping people like us take our business elsewhere. Garry BoothHalesworth, SuffolkSutton, LondonNot everyone can afford the TV license In his message, David Flower says it’s beyond him why someone would want to gamble all the BBC offers us to save the cost of a cup of coffee a week (“The BBC is worth every penny,” Letters). This reminded me of something that I once read in the 1980s in Keith Waterhouse’s Daily Mirror column. Waterhouse said that if you lowered the cost of anything to too many cigarettes a day, you could still tell when you were being robbed. I’m glad Mr. Flower can easily afford his TV license.
Millions of Britain’s poorest people can’t.
Ask the Trussell Trust if one in 50 families in the U.K. feels that. Who claims they already have access to food banks, or can afford to pay £ 157.50 a year on a TV license that they would otherwise spend on heating, food or electricity for the 800,000 individuals who were made redundant this year? In her article (“With a deal done, can No 10 turn ‘levelling up’ into more than a nebulous phrase?”), Isabel Hardman writes: “Young people growing up in tough cities are still told by their teachers or parents that people from their area don’t go to the top universities or into certain well-paid jobs. A Northwest congressman explains, “We are not going to the top universities or to certain well-paid jobs.