Magazine article The Spectator


Magazine article The Spectator


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Fight and fight again

Sir: In her Florence speech, Theresa May yet again declared that: 'No deal is better than a bad deal.' Yet in his piece 'Brexit Wars' (23 September), James Forsyth claims that minimal planning is being made for a 'no deal' under WTO rules. If true, this is insulting to the electorate as it means that the Prime Minister is being neither serious nor truthful. It is inexcusable for our civil service not to prepare for an event that is a clear possibility when it would be catastrophic if we had no plan. Couldn't the 80 MPs in the Tory Research Group start preparing for a WTO deal? They could liaise with Eurosceptic groups plus friendly economists and other experts, to produce a viable exit plan. I am sure Leavers would donate money to employ the necessary specialists to produce reports.

Now that May has delayed Brexit in all but name, I see the EU making ever more outrageous demands as the Remain camp gleefully applaud. The Leave campaign must be reinstated to fight again.

Gill Chant

Handsworth, Birmingham

Class war

Sir: Toby Young's article ('The mystery of socialism's enduring appeal', 23 September) raises some interesting explanations for the phenomenon of socialism's enduring appeal. But strangely, he has missed one of the most glaring: that the underlying reason lies within our education system.

From the mid-1960s onwards, the majority of our children have been educated by an increasingly left-wing cohort of teachers who are more interested in the espousal of 'equality' than delivering well-rounded individuals into the world.

Toby is right to suggest that the left are better educated than the right, but educated in what? The young are easy targets for educational propaganda, which has made an immense contribution to the malaise we are suffering. And the more or 'better' you have been educated, the more you will have felt the influence of this heavily left-wing education bias.

Unless this problem is confronted and some balance re-introduced, the future of the capitalist state looks bleak.

Bob Holder

Folkestone, Kent

Capital fellow

Sir: Toby Young's article gives rise to reflection. I am no apologist for Jeremy Corbyn -- at best, I can accept that his intentions are good. But my socialist friends indeed do see capitalism as a way of 'stealing' from the poor and have difficulty in accepting the wealth creation aspect of it.

They have a point. The so-called financial industry creates no primary wealth and often seeks to cream off as much as possible for a greedy minority. Thatcher's rush to privatise the nationalised industries did not create anything better than, for example, the Central Electricity Generating Board. …

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