It was Tory John Major, who, by signing the 1994 Maastricht Agreement gave away much more UK sovereignty without ever even offering a referendum.
It’s right our nation will be an influential team player in Europe, but Tony Blair and Gordon Brown wisely first made sure our five vital red lines were accepted by all continental partners.
Good firm diplomacy without antagonistic Cameron/Osborne style negative raging does reap rewards without making enemies.
The 2009 Lisbon Treaty, accepted by all 27 members also added safeguard clauses. That’s why a referendum was not and is not any longer needed or appropriate (Cameron now belatedly agrees). Sadly many reactionary Tories remain ‘Little Englander’ isolationists both on home and foreign policy.
They still cannot be trusted to govern our country and we must not be hoodwinked by their new pretence of being ‘caring Conservatives’.
Don Bargery, Alston Road, Solihull
Not our fault
I WAS very surprised at the comments from Lorely Burt MP (Solihull News) that she was ‘condemning the council’s decision to ban the fun fair’ from the annual family firework night – given that no such ban has been imposed.
On the contrary, before she even put pen to paper council officers had been to great lengths to assist the organisers because late notification to include the fair made it necessary to fast-track the necessary clearances with the police, arrange the required assessments and complete arrangements for a suitable site.
Regrettably, neither the police nor fire service were able to provide clearance for the funfair and the organisers withdrew this part of their application.
Ken Meeson, Leader of Solihull Council
ARE manufacturers serious about conserving fuel for the future? In Touchwood recently we had an example of two extremes.
One, a big sports car with an engine big enough to drive truck and consumes more fuel per mile than ten normal motors.
Secondly, a family car of the future mpg 700+ that carries four people. If you asked the public who is the clever designer would it be one or two? After all hundreds of car designs are like one. The year before the only difference more power, more fuel wasted.
Mr I Cooke via e-mail