MAY I endorse most of the sentiments contained in the articulate contribution from Lionel King (letters, Oct 24) on the crucial issue of the global economic crisis and its significance to the people of Britain.
Indeed it's difficult to see how withdrawal from the European Community would enhance the UK interest, bearing in mind that the expansion of the EU to approximately 500 million population is positive both in terms of economic growth, in the long term and the spread of democracy. As Mr King implied, with potential economic powerhouses such as Japan, China, India and Brazil likely to grow in influence, it would be absurd for Britain to become isolated.
Furthermore, in a recent edition of the New York Times readers were frankly told that "Americans often dismissed Europe as a place for languorous meals and luxurious vacations but not economic innovation". Yet in this leading article it has reappraised Europeans who have demonstrated in the recent crisis to be more nimble footed than Americans and that it was Europeans, especially the British Government, which took the lead, and that a united Europe is a strong Europe.
While I agree with the main thrust of Lionel King's vision of the Europe of the future, I have to say that I have always been treated by the Solihull News in a scrupulous-ly fair and balanced manner - much better than by some other publications I could mention.
Graham Rea, Queens Road, Yardley.